Melissa R. Warden

Neurobiology and Behavior
Assistant Professor; Miriam M. Salpeter Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Contact Information

W201 Seeley G. Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 254-4368

Melissa R. Warden

Neurobiology and Behavior
Assistant Professor; Miriam M. Salpeter Fellow, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expertise

Neural circuits of motivated behavior; brain states; neuromodulation; imaging; neurophysiology; optogenetics

Current Research Interest

Environmental structure and internal state shape the functional operation of neural circuits; adaptive balancing of behavioral priorities between short and long timescales; imaging and high-density neurophysiology in freely behaving mouse models; optogenetics; neuroanatomy; patch clamp electrophysiology; computation

Distinction

NIH Director's New Innovator Award
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
Whitehall Research Grant
New York Stem Cell Foundation, Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

Selected Publications

Seo, Changwoo, Akash Guru, Michelle Jin, Brendan Ito, Brianna J. Sleezer, Yi-Yun Ho, Elias Wang, et al. “Intense Threat Switches Dorsal Raphe Serotonin Neurons to a Paradoxical Operational Mode.” Science 363, no. 6426 (2019): 538-542.

Warden, Melissa R., Aslihan Selimbeyoglu, Julie J. Mirzabekov, Maisie Lo, Kimberly R. Thompson, Sung-Yon Kim, Avishek Adhikari, Kay M. Tye, Loren M. Frank, and Karl Deisseroth. "A Prefrontal Cortex–Brainstem Neuronal Projection That Controls Response to Behavioural Challenge." Nature 492, no. 7429 (2012): 428–432.

Cornell Research Website Article

Unraveling the Brain's Mysteries