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Fellowship Start Year




Research Topic

Targeting Opiod-Linked Context Memory to Prevent Relapse to Drug-Taking


Lorianna Colon

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Perelman School of Medicine


My postdoctoral work examines sex differences in behavior and neural development in brain health, injury, and disease. Many neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders have a distinct sex bias in their age of onset, prevalence, and etiology. Adverse environmental stimuli such as stress, toxins, or drugs of abuse can govern final outcomes of neural development. Knowledge of sex-specific neurodevelopment, as well as environmental factors that can alter neuro-typical development in a sex-dependent manner, in translationally relevant rodent models of neuropsychiatric disorders may provide novel avenues to psychiatric interventions and treatment, and perhaps aid early diagnosis as well. This area of research draws upon my previous doctoral research and decade-long interest in studying early life models of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Postdoc Appointment

  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Penn Faculty Mentor
  • Amelia Eisch, Ph.D.


  • 2021, Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, The State University of New York at Albany, SUNY Albany
  • 2014, M.A., Applied Behavioral Psychology, St. Francis College
  • 2014, B.A., Applied Behavioral Psychology, St. Francis College
Disertation Title

Sex Differences in Context Fear Neural Circuitry and Behavior Across Development

Research Advisors
  • Andrew Poulos, Ph.D.