Student doing research in the Ehringer lab

Institute of Behavioral Genetics
phone: 303-492-1463
fax: 303-492-8063

Research Interests

  • Study of genetics of addiction behaviors in humans and rodents.
  • The effects of exercise on alcohol-related phenotypes in mouse models.


  • Director: Marissa A. Ehringer, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows: Matthew Powers, Ph.D., Kristin Rasmus-Burrow, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Students: Sonya Belimezova.
  • Undergraduate Students: Connor Brown, Kaylee Dykstal.
  • Local Collaborators: Christopher Lowry, IPHY; Ryan Bachtell, Psychology & Neuroscience; John Hewitt, Michael Stallings, Robin Corley, Matthew Keller, Jerry Stitzel, Charles Hoeffer, Institute for Behavioral Genetics; Laura Saba, Katerina Kechris, University of Colorado Medical School.

    Ehringer Lab 2016 July

    Connor Brown, Kristin Rasmus-Burrow, Matthew Powers, Kristin Allen, Marissa Ehringer, Aliyah Bolton

Current Research Projects

  • Translational studies of human genes associated with alcohol and tobacco behaviors.
    • Identification of rare, novel SNPs.
    • In vitro functional characterization of human SNPs.
    • Behavioral testing of knock-in, CRISPR/Cas9, and inbred selected strains of mice.
    • miR-138 studies of mouse behaviors
  • Studies of the effects of voluntary wheel running on alcohol consumption in mice using a genetics approach.

Opportunities for Undergraduates

  • Our lab is currently looking for an undergraduate to assist with ongoing mouse behavioral testing.
  • The requirements for undergraduate students who want a research experience in our laboratory are:
    • A major in IPHY, MCDB, EBIO, PSYCH.
    • Either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in IPHY 2800 Introduction to Statistics.
    • Enroll in Independent Study (IPHY 4860) for 8-10 hours/week for at least one semester.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Interested students should complete this application and e-mail it to