Vanessa Shirazi

Vanessa Shirazi

Lecturer I - Neuroscience

Research Interests: My research experience includes drug abuse, sex differences, neuroendocrinology, circadian rhythms, pathological gambling, and clinical trials.

BSB 14.102

Not currently accepting undergraduate students

Tags: Neuroscience-Faculty

Professional Preparation

PhD - Neuroscience
University of Illinois at Chicago - 2013
BS - Psychology
University of Iowa - 2005


Experience, cortisol reactivity, and the coordination of emotional responses to skydiving 2015 - publications
Crack cocaine use impairs anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex function in women with HIV infection 2014 - publications
HIV and recent illicit drug use interact to affect verbal memory in women 2013 - publications


Alice J Dan Dissertation Research Award - UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender [2012]
F31 National Research Service Award - National Institute on Drug Abuse [2010]


Technical Field Representative
BioTek Instruments - now a part of Agilent Technologies [2015–2021]
Used my background as a PhD Neuroscientist to help other scientists make decisions about instrumentation to drive their research forward. Imaging & Microscopy Systems, Microplate Readers, Microplate Washers, and Dispensers.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Tulane University [2013–2015]
Joint appointment with Psychoneuroendocrinology Lab and the Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Laboratory
Pre-doctoral Fellow
University of Illinois at Chicago [2008–2013]
Women's Mental Health Research Program
Clinical Trial Coordinator
Comprehensive Neuroscience (CRO) [2007–2008]
Coordinated longitudinal clinical trials of investigational medications for several pharmaceutical sponsors
Research Assistant
Rush University [2006–2007]
Biological Rhythms Research Lab
Research Assistant
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics [2003–2006]
Iowa Gambling Research Center
Research Assistant
University of Iowa [2002–2005]
Psychopathology and Developmental Research