Yavin Shaham, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch, Neurobiology of Relapse Section


Biomedical Research Center
251 Bayview Boulevard
Suite 200, Room 08A711
Baltimore, MD 21224



Research Topics

We use rat models to study the cellular and neuroanatomical mechanisms that underlie relapse to drug and aggression seeking (Yavin Shaham group). We also study neurophysiological mechanisms of addictive drugs and motivated behavior (Eugene Kiyatkin group).

Selected Publications

  1. Bossert JM, Stern AL, Theberge FR, Marchant NJ, Wang HL, Morales M, Shaham Y. Role of projections from ventral medial prefrontal cortex to nucleus accumbens shell in context-induced reinstatement of heroin seeking. J Neurosci. 2012;32(14):4982-91.
  2. Badiani A, Belin D, Epstein D, Calu D, Shaham Y. Opiate versus psychostimulant addiction: the differences do matter. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011;12(11):685-700.
  3. Bossert JM, Stern AL, Theberge FR, Cifani C, Koya E, Hope BT, Shaham Y. Ventral medial prefrontal cortex neuronal ensembles mediate context-induced relapse to heroin. Nat Neurosci. 2011;14(4):420-2.
  4. Nair SG, Navarre BM, Cifani C, Pickens CL, Bossert JM, Shaham Y. Role of dorsal medial prefrontal cortex dopamine D1-family receptors in relapse to high-fat food seeking induced by the anxiogenic drug yohimbine. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011;36(2):497-510.
  5. Pickens CL, Airavaara M, Theberge F, Fanous S, Hope BT, Shaham Y. Neurobiology of the incubation of drug craving. Trends Neurosci. 2011;34(8):411-20.

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