School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty Profile

Alana Conti, PhD
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 576-3311

4646 John R. St. (11R) Rm. 4250
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Biography

The Conti Laboratory studies the mechanisms of alcohol action in the traumatically-injured brain. Using rodent models, experiments are designed to examine ethanol action at the cellular level and to define the signaling pathways that mediate the synaptic response to ethanol. Additional studies are aimed to examine ethanol-related behaviors, such as binge consumption and withdrawal. Of particular interest are the proteins, adenylyl cyclase 1 and 8, which promote neuronal survival in the neonatal brain following ethanol treatment in a model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and mediate ethanol-induced neuroplasticity. Together, these studies will allow us to identify protein targets of alcohol and develop interventions for the alcohol-damaged brain.

Dr. Conti completed her doctoral degree in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania and postdoctoral training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in the Department of Pediatrics. She is an active member of national and international neuroscience research societies, and is the author of numerous papers relating her research on ethanol action, antidepressant activity and trauma-induced neurodegeneration.

Her appointment as an assistant professor in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery at Wayne State University fosters her interest in teaching graduate and medical students, residents and fellows.
 

Links of Interest
Graduate Education

1997-2003
Ph.D., Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Education

1990-1991
B.S., Biology, honors
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

1992-1995
B.S.E., Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prior Appointments

1994
Teaching Assistant
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1999, 2003
Teaching Assistant
Department of Biology
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2008
Course Instructor
Department of Biology
Washington University in Saint Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

2008-2009
Course Instructor
Department of Biology
Maryville University
St. Louis, Missouri

2008-2009
Instructor
Department of Psychiatry
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri