Britahny M. Baskin, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics




Trauma and addiction neuroscientist with 11 years of experiencing working with rodent models. Defending my PhD in September 2022 - soon to be a Postdoc at BU.

Skills include asceptic rodent stereotaxic survival surgery, intravenous catheter implantation, self-administration paradigms, immunohistochemistry, mouse oximetry, blast mild TBI induction, wireless fiber photometry, working with viral preps, husbandry, a vast array of operant-related and anymaze behaviors to probe affective disorders, executive dysfunction, and pain.

My research often focuses on either the risks involved in trauma and addiction related behaviors, or eludcidatng possible treatments for those impacted by substance use and trauma. I work from a translational lens, collaborating with clinicians any time possible to inform and direct my studies.

Within the research lab, I take great pride in mentoring the next generation of scientists, helping them to develop their strengths and give them any and all opportunities I am aware of to help their career. I've also taught two courses on the the opioid epidemic, teaching from an equity lens, and continue to take courses and get involved in programs to improve my teaching style.

I also am heavily involved in neuroscience outreach through our Neuroscience Program at UW where I helped plan Brain Awareness Week, Art Neureau, and volunteered at schools and the science museum. I also edit for the undergraduate Neuroscience journal, am a peer mentor within the program, was a member of the taskforce to improve student representation in our program, am the student feedback coordinator for our representation committtee, have chaired out recruitment committee, read and scored applications for the graduate program, represent our program in UW's Graduate and Professional Student Senate as both an executive senator and a mental health liason to our doctor's office on campus, am an active member in our DEIA learning group, and am helping to develop and run a student mentor training for the graduate program of neuroscience.

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  1. Lee SJ, Logsdon AF, Yagi M, Baskin BM, Peskind ER, Raskind MM, Cook DG, Schindler AG. The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor mediates adverse immunological and behavioral outcomes induced by repetitive blast trauma. J Neuroinflammation. 2022 Dec 03; 19(1):288. PMID: 36463243; PMCID: PMC9719647; DOI: 10.1186/s12974-022-02643-3;
     
  2. Lee SJ, Baskin B, Yagi M, Peskind E, Raskind M, Cook D, Schindler A. The dynorphin/kappa opioid receptor mediates adverse behavioral outcomes induced by repetitive blast mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2022; 39(11-12):A98.
  3. Baskin B, Skillen E, Wong K, Lee J, Wolden-Hansen T, Cook DG, Schindler AG. Vagal nerve stimulation as a treatment for dysautonomia and behavioral deficits following blast TBI. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2022; 39(11-12):A121-A122.
  4. Baskin BM, Logsdon AF, Lee JS, Foresi BD, Peskind E, Banks WA, Cook DG, Scindler AG. Timing matters: Sex differences in acute and chronic outcomes following repetitive blast mild traumatic brain injury. bioRxiv. 2022.
  5. Wong K, Wang ZC, Patarino M, Baskin BM, Lee S, Schindler AG. Socially Integrated Polysubstance (SIP) system: an open-source solution for continuous monitoring of polysubstance fluid intake in group housed mice. bioRxiv. 2022.
  6. Baskin B, Lee SJ, Skillen E, Wong K, Rau H, Hendrickson RC, Pagulayan K, Raskind MA, Peskind ER, Phillips PEM, Cook DG, Schindler AG. Repetitive Blast Exposure Increases Appetitive Motivation and Behavioral Inflexibility in Male Mice. Front Behav Neurosci. 2021; 15:792648. PMID: 35002648; PMCID: PMC8727531; DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2021.792648;
     
  7. Baskin BM, Logsdon A, Lee J, Peskind E, Banks W, Cook D, Schindler A. Sex as a biological variable in adverse outcomes following blast exposure. Journal of Trauma. 2021; 38(14):A12-A13.
  8. Schindler AG, Baskin B, Juarez B, Janet Lee S, Hendrickson R, Pagulayan K, Zweifel LS, Raskind MA, Phillips PEM, Peskind ER, Cook DG. Repetitive blast mild traumatic brain injury increases ethanol sensitivity in male mice and risky drinking behavior in male combat veterans. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 May; 45(5):1051-1064. PMID: 33760264; PMCID: PMC8936060; DOI: 10.1111/acer.14605;
     
  9. Crummy EA, O'Neal TJ, Baskin BM, Ferguson SM. One Is Not Enough: Understanding and Modeling Polysubstance Use. Front Neurosci. 2020; 14:569. PMID: 32612502; PMCID: PMC7309369; DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00569;
     
  10. Baskin BM, Mai JJ, Dymecki SM, Kantak KM. Cocaine reward and memory after chemogenetic inhibition of distinct serotonin neuron subtypes in mice. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2020 Sep; 237(9):2633-2648.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32494973; PMCID: PMC8057056; DOI: 10.1007/s00213-020-05560-6;
     
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