Jeanne M. Wehner

Institute for Behavioral Genetics; Psychology; Member of the Center for Neuroscience

Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Campus Box 447
Life Sci Bldg (RL#4) Rm 36
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0447

Phone: 303-492-5663
FAX: 303-492-8063

Dr. Wehner is a professor of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics and the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1976. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dight Institute for Human Genetics and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1982. She is the co-scientific director of the Colorado Alcohol Research Center and received a Research Career Award from the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism from 1991-1996 and 1997-2002. She has served on the Neuropharmacology Research Review Committee for the National Institutes of Health. She currently serves on the "Mouse Sequencing Priority" committee for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Wehner has published over 114 research papers. She serves as an Associate Editor of Behavioral Neurosciences and on the editorial board for Behavior Genetics, and Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. She received the 2001 Wiersma Visiting Professorship in Neurobiology from California Institute of Technology.

Her research interests include: the genetic and biochemical regulation of sensitivity and tolerance to alcohol, and genes that regulate learning and memory processes. Her studies use behavioral, biochemical, and molecular methods to study the regulation of complex behaviors. She also uses a wide variety of genetic animal models in her work including inbred strains, selected lines and knock-out and transgenic mice. Previous funding for this research was awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, National Institute for Mental Health, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and National Institute for Drug Abuse.

Selected Publications:

Wehner JM, Radcliffe RA, Bowers BJ: Quantitative genetics and mouse behavior. Annual Reviews of Neuroscience, 24: 845-67, 2001.

Bowers BJ, Wehner JM: Ethanol consumption and behavioral impulsivity are increased in PKCg null mutant mice. Journal of Neuroscience, 21:RC180 (1-5), 2001.

Smith AM, Wehner JM: Aniracetam improves contextual fear conditioning and increases hippocampal gPKC in DBA/2J mice. Hippocampus, 12: 76-85, 2002