Paul Vezina, PhD


5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077, Rm J131
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-2890
Office: 773-702-2891
Lab: 773-702-2899
Fax: 773-702-0857

Lab Website:

Education & Training

  • Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, PhD, 1988
  • Postdoctoral Research, Neuropharmacologie, Collège de France, Paris, France, 1988-1990

Research Interests

  • Basal ganglia and the generation of appetitive behaviors
  • Signaling pathways underlying drug-induced neuronal plasticity
  • Neurobiology and neuropharmacology


  • Neuropsychopharmacology, NURB 32800, Winter Quarter
  • Neurobiology of Disease, NURB 34600, Winter Quarter, Course Director: Dr. C. Gomez
  • Society Memberships
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • European Behavioural Pharmacology Society
  • Society for Neuroscience

Representative Publications

  • Singer BF, Anselme P, Robinson MJF, Vezina P. Neuronal and psychological underpinnings of pathological gambling. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 2014; 8: 230. (Special Issue; B.F. Singer, P. Anselme, M.J.F. Robinson, P. Vezina, Topic Editors)
  • Singer BF, Neugebauer NM, Forneris J, Rodvelt KR, Li D, Bubula N, Vezina P. Locomotor conditioning by amphetamine requires cyclin-dependent kinase 5 signaling in the nucleus accumbens. Neuropharmacology 2014; 85: 243-252.
  • Leyton M, Vezina P. Dopamine ups and downs in vulnerability to addictions: A neurodevelopmental model. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences 2014; 35: 268-276.
  • Neugebauer NM, Cortright JJ, Sampedro GR, Vezina P. Exposure to nicotine enhances its subsequent self-administration: Contribution of nicotine-associated contextual stimuli. Behavioural Brain Research 2014; 260: 155-161.
  • Coccaro EF, Lee R, Vezina P. Cerebrospinal fluid glutamate concentration correlates with impulsive aggression in human subjects. Journal of Psychiatric Research 2013; 47: 1247-1253.
  • Leyton M, Vezina, P. Striatal ups and downs: Their roles in vulnerability to addictions in humans. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 2013, 37: 1999-2014. (Faculty of 1000 Prime Selection)
  • Baker LK, Mao, D, Chi H, Govind AP, Vallejo YF, Iacoviello M, Herrera S, Cortright JJ, Green WN, McGehee, DS, Vezina P. Intermittent nicotine exposure upregulates nAChRs in VTA dopamine neurons and sensitizes locomotor responding to the drug. European Journal of Neuroscience 2013; 37: 1004-1011.
  • Loweth JA, Li D, Cortright JJ, Wilke G, Jeyifous O, Neve RL, Bayer KU, Vezina P. Persistent reversal of enhanced amphetamine intake by transient CaMKII inhibition. The Journal of Neuroscience 2013; 33: 1411-1416.

Current Editorial Boards

  • Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics
  • Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry