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Dr. Charlis Raineki

Research Associate

Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences

Dr. Charlis Raineki has more than 15 years of experience using animal models of early-life experiences, beginning with his graduate studies in Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) and continuing as a postdoctoral fellow in the United States (University of Oklahoma and Nathan S. Kline Institute/New York University). Dr. Raineki’s work focuses on understanding how early-life experiences can positively or negatively influence development and produce long-term changes in neural, hormonal and behavioral systems. For the last 8 years, he has specifically focused on the relationship between adverse early-life experiences and increased predispositions for developing psychopathologies such as depression and anxiety.

Charlis joined Dr. Weinberg’s laboratory in 2011 with the goal of characterizing how stressful experiences during infancy and adolescence can enhance the vulnerability to later mental illness within an animal model of prenatal alcohol exposure. (Click here to see Charlis's publications on Google Scholar).