Nicholas Warren Gilpin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physiology

Associate Director Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence

1901 Perdido Street
Box P7-3, Room 7258
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-6171

Fax: (504) 568-6158


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B.A.    Psychology    05/2000    UT-Austin

M.S.    Psychology    08/2003    Purdue Univ.

Ph.D.   Psychology    05/2006    Purdue Univ.

Research Interests

My lab seeks to identify the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol dependence and stress disorders. We work to understand the neuropharmacology of drug reinforcement in the drug-dependent organism, and we are also interested in examining the neurobiological mechanisms of co-dependence on more than one drug. To answer these questions, we use techniques that include operant drug self-administration, acoustic startle reflex, tests of pain and mechanosensitivity, tests of anxiety-like behavior and locomotor activity, alcohol and nicotine vapor inhalation for induction of physical dependence, behavioral pharmacology, immunohistochemistry, and Western blots.

Teaching Activities

Director of Human Physiology for Dental Students (DENT 1115)

Director & Creator of Biostatistics for Basic Science Ph.D. Students

Lecturer in Human Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nursing students (HS 2410 & 3410)

Lecturer in Molecular Neurobiology (NEURO 250) for Ph.D. Students

Lecturer in Synaptic Organization of the Brain (ANAT 264) for Ph.D. Students

Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology for Ph.D. Students

Selected Publications

See CV

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Curriculum Vitae  

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