Eric Turner, MD-PhD

Personal Statement

​My research program focuses on understanding brain circuitry involved in mood regulation, including models of depression and anxiety, and also circuits related to substance abuse. Our experiments are conducted in mice that have been genetically engineered to disrupt the function of certain brain regions, or to allow the manipulation of brain activity with pulses of light, a method called “optogenetics.” Our studies uses neuroanatomical methods, electrophysiology, and behavioral assays to understand the the outcome of these genetic and optogenetic manipulations. Of current interest in the lab is the function of a poorly understood brain region called the habenula. Historically my laboratory has also focused on brain development and the role of regulatory molecules called transcription factors in determining the identity of specific kinds of neurons. We are continuing to study developmental gene regulation in the context of craniofacial development and birth defects. Our research is funded by grants from the NIH institutes NIMH and NIDA.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UCSD Fellowship, 1993
University of California San Diego Residency, 1991, Psychiatry
University of Washington Division of General Internal Medicine Internship, 1988, Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine Medical education, 1987

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Recent Publications

Electron-Withdrawing meso-Substituents Turn On Magneto-Optical Activity in Porphyrins.
(2024 Feb 26)
Inorg Chem 63(8): 3630-3636
Turner EE, Pham TN, Smith SP, Ward KN, Rosenthal J, Rack JJ

Chrna5 and lynx prototoxins identify acetylcholine super-responder subplate neurons.
(2023 Feb 17)
iScience 26(2): 105992
Venkatesan S, Chen T, Liu Y, Turner EE, Tripathy SJ, Lambe EK

Manipulating Excited State Properties of Iridium Phenylpyridine Complexes with "Push-Pull" Substituents.
(2022 Nov 28)
Inorg Chem 61(47): 18842-18849
Turner EE, Breen DJ, Kosgei G, Crandall LA, Curtin GM, Jakubikova E, O'Donnell RM, Ziegler CJ, Rack JJ

Envelope Stress Activates Expression of the Twin Arginine Translocation (Tat) System in Salmonella.
(2022 Oct 26)
Microbiol Spectr 10(5): e0162122
Rogers AR, Turner EE, Johnson DT, Ellermeier JR

Genetically Targeted Connectivity Tracing Excludes Dopaminergic Inputs to the Interpeduncular Nucleus from the Ventral Tegmentum and Substantia Nigra.
(2021 May-Jun)
eNeuro 8(3):
Nasirova N, Quina LA, Novik S, Turner EE

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