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Amy Griffin

Associate Professor
University of Delaware
113 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2575
Lab Address: 147 Wolf Hall
Lab Phone: 302-831-4895
 

Biography

Dr. Amy Griffin received her Ph.D. in 2003 from Miami University, where she studied neural activity patterns underlying rabbit classical conditioning under the direction of Stephen Berry.  For her post-doctoral work, Dr. Griffin had a joint appointment in the laboratories of Michael Hasselmo and Howard Eichenbaum in the Center for Memory and Brain at Boston University recording populations of single hippocampal neurons during memory task performance in rats, supported through an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Mental Health.  In 2007, Dr. Griffin joined the University of Delaware Psychology Department.  The focus of her research program is exploring the neural mechanisms of memory using two main approaches: investigating the effects of discrete brain region inactivation on memory task performance and the recording of populations of single neurons in freely moving rats during memory tasks. Together, these approaches are aimed at discovering the neural mechanisms driving memory-guided behavior.​

Degrees

Ph.D., Miami University

Courses Regularly Taught

NSCI627: Advanced Neurophysiology

NSCI629: Integrative Neuroscience I

NSCI402: Mindfulness and the Brain

Recent Publications

Dr. Griffin's Loop​ Link

Gemzik, G.M., Donahue, M.M., & Griffin, A.L. (In Press). Optogenetic suppression of the medial septum impairs working memory maintenance. Learning and Memory.

Griffin, A.L. (2021). The nucleus reuniens orchestrates hippocampal-prefrontal synchrony during spatial working memory. Neurobiol Behav Reviews.

Stout, J.J., and Griffin, A.L. (2020). Representations of on-going behavior and future actions during a spatial working memory task by a high firing-rate population of medial prefrontal cortex neurons. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience: Learning and Memory.

Representative Publications

Allen, T.A., Vertes, R.P., Witter, M.P., Dolleman-van der Weel, M., Shapiro, M., Ito, H., Griffin, A.L. (2019) The nucleus reuniens of the thalamus: Behavioral relevance and physiology at the nexus of a hippocampus and prefrontal cortex memory circuit. Learning & Memory 26:191-205.

Maisson D.J-N., Gemzik, Z & Griffin A.L. (2018) Optogenetic suppression of the nucleus reuniens selectively impairs encoding during spatial working memory. Neurobiol Learn Mem 155:78-85.

Hallock H.L., Wang, A. & Griffin A.L. (2016). The ventral midline thalamus orchestrates hippocampal-prefrontal synchrony during spatial working memory. J Neurosci.

Griffin A.L. (2015) Role of the thalamic nucleus reuniens in mediating interactions between the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex during spatial working memory. Front. Syst. Neurosci. 9:29.

Hallock H.L., Wang A., Shaw C.L., & Griffin, A.L. (2013) Transient inactivation of the nucleus reuniens produces deficits of a working-memory dependent visuospatial conditional discrimination task. Behav Neurosci 127(6):860-6.

Hallock, H.L., Arreola, A.R., Shaw, C.L., Watson, G.D.R. & Griffin, A.L. (2013). Dissociable Roles of the Dorsal Striatum and Dorsal Hippocampus in Conditional Discrimination and Spatial Alternation T-Maze Tasks. Neurobiol Learn Mem 100: 108-116.

Hallock, H.L. & Griffin, A.L. (2013). Dynamic coding of dorsal hippocampal neurons between tasks that differ in structure and memory demand. Hippocampus 23: 169-186.

Griffin, A.L., Eichenbaum, H., & Hasselmo, M.E. (2007). Spatial representations of CA1 hippocampal neurons are modulated by behavioral context in a hippocampus-dependent memory task. J Neurosci 27: 2416-2423.

Lee I., Griffin A.L., Zilli, E.A., Eichenbaum, H., & Hasselmo, M.E. (2006). Gradual translocation of spatial correlates of neuronal firing in the hippocampus towards prospective reward locations. Neuron 51: 639-650.

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