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Anna Klintsova

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Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Area and Graduate Program
University of Delaware
228 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-0452
Lab Address: 122 Wolf Hall
Lab Phone: 302-831-2647

Biography

Dr. Klintsova’s interest in brain plasticity has a long history, starting with her dissertation project on the effect of psychotropic and neuroleptic drugs on synaptic organization of the brain (EM study). After being awarded an International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) Fellowship in 1993, she continued her training in adult and developmental brain plasticity in the labs of Dr. Desmond, Dr. Brunjes (both – UVA) and later – in the lab of late Dr. William Greenough (UIUC). Working in these labs allowed her to obtain a broad training in behavioral neuroscience, quantitative neuroanatomy and developmental neuroplasticity. Her work demonstrated long-lasting impairments in several aspects of hippocampal, cerebellar and prefrontal cortical plasticity after neonatal exposure to alcohol: decreased adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus; reduced dendritic complexity and spine density in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC); and loss of neurons and synapses in the cerebellar cortex. Disruption of neuroplasticity by neonatal alcohol exposure may contribute to behavioral deficits seen in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The use of targeted therapeutic interventions allowed us to significantly increase brain plasticity and improve behavior in the model of alcohol exposure. Dr. Klintsova has published extensively on the subject of neuronal and synaptic plasticity as peer-reviewed empirical work and invited peer-reviewed reviews. She has written several peer-reviewed research papers regarding her long-standing interest in behavioral interventions that enhance neuroplasticity in normal and damaged brains​​.

Degrees

Ph.D., Moscow State University

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC314: Brain and Behavior

NSCI320: Intro to Neuroscience

PSYC/NSCI467: Neuroplasticity Seminar

NSCI626: Advanced Neuroanatomy

NSCI629: Integrative Neuroscience

Representative Publications

​Milbocker KA, Campbell TS, Collins N, Kim S, Smith IF, Roth TL, Klintsova AY (2021) Glia-Driven Brain Circuit Refinement Is Altered by Early-Life Adversity: Behavioral Outcomes. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 15:786234.doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2021.786234

Gursky ZH, Savage LM, Klintsova AY (2021) Executive functioning-specific behavioral impairments in a rat model of human third trimester binge drinking implicate prefrontal-thalamo-hippocampal circuitry in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Behav Brain Res. 2021 May 7;405:113208. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2021.113208. Epub 2021 Feb 25. PMID: 33640395

Savage LM, Nunes PT, Gursky ZH, Milbocker KA, Klintsova AY (2020)  Midline Thalamic Damage Associated with Alcohol-Use Disorders: Disruption of Distinct Thalamocortical Pathways and Function. Neuropsychol Rev. Aug 12. doi: 10.1007/s11065-020-09450-8. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32789537

Gursky ZH, Spillman EC, Klintsova AY (2020) Single-day Postnatal Alcohol Exposure Induces Apoptotic Cell Death and Causes long-term Neuron Loss in Rodent Thalamic Nucleus Reuniens. Neuroscience, 435:124-134. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.03.046. Epub 2020 Apr 3. PMID: 32251710.

Ruggiero MJ, Boschen KE, Roth TL, Klintsova AY (2018) Sex differences in early microglial colonization of the developing rat hippocampus following a single-day alcohol exposure. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol., 13:189-203. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11481-017-9774-1 PMID: 29274031

Boschen KE, McKeown SE, Roth TL, Klintsova AY (2017) Impact of exercise and a complex environment on hippocampal morphology, Bdnf gene expression and DNA methylation in male rat pups neonatally exposed to alcohol. Dev Neurobiology, 77(6): 708-725 DOI: 10.1002/dneu.22448

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