Elisa Na, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

Elisa Na portrait

Office: CFO 810
Phone: 940-898-2307
Fax: 940-898-2301
Email: ena@twu.edu 

Education

Postdoctoral: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Michigan

PhD 2008 Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience – University of Iowa

BS 2000 Psychology – University of Washington

Courses Taught

Physiological Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Human Physiology

Research Interests

Using transgenic mouse models, my research focuses on the epigenetic and neurobiological bases of obesity and how these changes in the brain ultimately impact behavioral responses to food.

Recent Publications

  1. Na, E.S., Morris, M.J., Nelson, E.D., & L.M. Monteggia (2014). GABA A antagonists reverse learning and synaptic impairments in a mouse model of MECP2 duplication syndrome. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39(8): 1946-54.
  2. Na, E.S., Nelson, E., Adachi, M., Autry, A., Mahgoub, M., Kavalali, E., & L.M. Monteggia (2012). A mouse model for MeCP2 duplication syndrome: MeCP2 overexpression impairs learning and memory and synaptic transmission. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(9). 3109-3117.
  3. Na, E.S., M.J. Morris, & A.K. Johnson (2012). Opioid mechanisms mediating salt appetite and palatability in sodium replete and deficient states. Physiology and Behavior, 106(2). 164-170.
  4. Na, E.S., Nelson, E.D. Kavalali, E.T. & L.M. Monteggia (2012). The impact of MeCP2 loss- or gain-of- function on synaptic plasticity. Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews, (1-8).
  5. Roitman, M.F., E. Na, G. Anderson, T.A. Jones, & I.L. Bernstein. (2002). Induction of a Salt Appetite Alters Dendritic Morphology in Nucleus Accumbens and Sensitizes Rats to Amphetamine. Journal of Neuroscience, 22, RC225, 1-5.

Honors/Grants/Service

2016 NARSAD Young Investigator Award: Identifying the Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying the Etiology of Childhood Obesity

2011 NARSAD Young Investigator Award: Mechanisms underlying fast acting antidepressant responses to ketamine using an animal model of depression

2008-2010 T32 NIMH Postdoctoral Trainee