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Ryan Selleck

Lecturer in Neuroscience


Behavioral neuropsychopharmacology, cellular and molecular neuroscience, affective neuroscience

Research Interests

Affective learning, attention control of motivation, cortical control over learning


Postdoctoral research associate Rosalind Franklin University
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS University of Michigan

Courses Taught

Biology 346: From Neuron to Brain (Lecture and Lab)

Selected Articles

Selleck, R.A., Zhang, W., Samberg, H., Padival, M., & Rosenkranz, J.A. (2018). Limited prefrontal cortical regulation over the basolateral amygdala in adolescent rats. Scientific Reports, 8, a17171. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-35649-0.

Selleck, R.A., Giacomini, J., Buchholtz, B.D., Lake, C., Sadeghian, K., & Baldo, B.A. (2018). Modulation of appetitive motivation by prefrontal cortical mu-opioid receptors is dependent upon local dopamine D1 receptor signaling. Neuropharmacology, 140, 302-309. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2018.07.033.

Selleck, R.A., & Baldo, B.A. (2017). Feeding-modulatory effects of mu-opioids in the medial prefrontal cortex: a review of recent findings and comparison to opioid actions in the nucleus accumbens. Psychopharmacology, 234(9-10), 1439-49. doi: 10.1007/s00213-016-4522-4.

Selleck, R.A., Lake, C., Estrada, V., Riederer, J., Andrzejewski, M., Sadeghian, K., & Baldo, B.A. (2015). Endogenous Opioid Signaling in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex is Required for the Expression of Hunger-Induced Impulsive Action. Neuropsychopharmacology, 40(10), 2464-74. doi: 10.1038/npp.2015.97.

Mena, J.D., Selleck, R.A., & Baldo, B.A. (2013). Mu-opioid stimulation in rat prefrontal cortex engages hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin-containing neurons, and reveals dissociable roles of nucleus accumbens and hypothalamus in cortically driven feeding. J Neurosci, 33(47), 18540-18552. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3323-12.2013.

Selected Presentations

Selleck R.A., Padival M.A., & Rosenkranz J.A. (2017, November). Frequency-dependent changes in prefrontal cortex stimulation-induced local field potentials in the adolescent rat basolateral amygdala. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2017 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Selleck R.A., Lake C., Estrada V., Riederer J., Sadeghian K., & Baldo B.A. (2015, October). Contrasting influences of prefrontal-cortical D1 and D2 receptor signaling on behaviors elicited by μ-opioid receptor stimulation: studies of food motivation, food impulsivity, and spontaneous motor behaviors. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2015 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.