Trainee Profile

Barbara Gisabella, PhD

Barbara Gisabella 2017
Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Center for Life Science, Neurology/BIDMC-CLS 0719
3 Blackfan Circle
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Unit(s)

Systems Neurobiology Group (Saper)
Systems Neurobiology Group (Scammell)

Research Interests

My research interest is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying memory consolidation during sleep. I am also interested on how sleep disruption can affect memory consolidation in psychiatric disorders.


Selected Publications

Harmatz ES, Stone L, Lim SH, Lee G, McGrath A, Gisabella B, Peng X, Kosoy E, Yao J, Liu E, Machado NJ, Weiner VS, Slocum W, Cunha RA, Goosens KA. Central Ghrelin Resistance Permits the Overconsolidation of Fear Memory. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 29. pii: S0006-3223(16)33053-0. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.11.009. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28010876.   

Gisabella B, Farah S, Peng X, Burgos-Robles A, Lim SH, Goosens KA. Growth hormone biases amygdala network activation after fear learning. Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 29;6(11):e960. doi: 10.1038/tp.2016.203. PubMed PMID: 27898076; PMCID: PMC5290350.   

Baratta MV, Kodandaramaiah SB, Monahan PE, Yao J, Weber MD, Lin PA, Gisabella  B, Petrossian N, Amat J, Kim K, Yang A, Forest CR, Boyden ES, Goosens KA. Stress  Enables Reinforcement-Elicited Serotonergic Consolidation of Fear Memory. Biol Psychiatry. 2016 May 15;79(10):814-22. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.06.025. Epub 2015 Jul 2. PMID: 26248536; PMCID: PMC4698247.   

Gisabella B, Bolshakov VY, Benes FM. Kainate receptor-mediated modulation of hippocampal fast spiking interneurons in a rat model of schizophrenia. PLoS One.  2012;7(3):e32483. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032483. Epub 2012 Mar 1. PMID: 22396770; PMCID: PMC3291556.   

Gisabella B, Cunningham MG, Bolshakov VY, Benes FM. Amygdala-dependent regulation of electrical properties of hippocampal interneurons in a model of schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Mar 15;65(6):464-72. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2008.09.016. Epub 2008 Nov 22. PMID: 19027103.   

Gisabella B, Bolshakov VY, Benes FM. Regulation of synaptic plasticity in a schizophrenia model. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Sep 13;102(37):13301-6. Epub  2005 Aug 30. PubMed PMID: 16131546; PMCID: PMC1201605.   

Gisabella B, Rowan MJ, Anwyl R. Mechanisms underlying the inhibition of long-term potentiation by preconditioning stimulation in the hippocampus in vitro. Neuroscience. 2003;121(2):297-305. PMID: 14521989.

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