Anna Ingebretson

Entering Class - 2012

E-MAIL: ingeb027@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Concordia College, B.A. in Psychology, 2012

GRADUATE ADVISOR
Mark Thomas, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH
Within the mesocorticolimbic circuitry, the nucleus accumbens is a key structure where drugs of abuse exert their rewarding and reinforcing effects. My research focuses on elucidating mechanisms of excitatory synaptic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens induced by experience with addictive drugs.

RESEARCH CATEGORIES

  • Drug Abuse and Addiction
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Synaptic Plasticity and Learning

GRADUATE LEVEL AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Frederick M. Stark Award, 2015

GRADUATE LEVEL PUBLICATIONS

  • Hearing M, Jedynak J, Ebner SR, Ingebretson A, Asp AJ, Fischer RA, Schmidt C, Larson EB, Thomas MJ. (2016) Reversal of morphine-induced cell-type specific synaptic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens shell blocks reinstatement. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 113(3):757-62.
  • Jedynak J, Hearing M, Ingebretson A, Ebner SR, Kelly M, Fischer RA, Kourrich S, Thomas MJ. Cocaine and Amphetamine Induce Overlapping but Distinct Patterns of AMPAR Plasticity in Nucleus Accumbens Medium Spiny Neurons. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2015 Jun 12;.
  • Olson ML, Ingebretson AE, Harmelink KJ. (2015) Hippocampal cortactin levels are reduced following spatial working memory formation, an effect blocked by chronic calpain inhibition. Brain Sciences 5(2):241-57.

GRADUATE LEVEL ABSTRACTS

  • Ingebretson AE, Hearing MC, Ebner SR, Thomas MJ. (2015) Cellular mechanisms and timing of cocaine-induced synaptic depotentiation in the nucleus accumbens. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Benneyworth MA, Hearing MC, Asp A, Ingebretson AE, Schmidt CE, Ebner SR, Esguerra M, Thomas MJ.( 2015) Synaptic depotentiation via mGluR5 activation and AMPAR internalization in the nucleus accumbens shell drives cocaine-primed reinstatement. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Esguerra M, Hearing MC, Schmidt CE, Ingebretson AE, Macheda T, Benneyworth MA, Thomas MJ. (2015) Bidirectional ethanol-induced synaptic plasticity and reinstatement of place preference following a history of combined ethanol and cocaine exposure. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Hearing MC, Ingebretson AE, Ebner S, Schmidt C, Fischer R, Asp A, Thomas MJ. (2015) Reversal of morphine-induced cell-type specific synaptic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens shell blocks reinstatement. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Benneyworth MA, Hearing MC, Asp AJ, Ingebretson AE, Schmidt CE, Ebner SR, Thomas MJ. (2014) Synaptic depotentiation and mGluR5 activity in the nucleus accumbens drives cocaine-primed reinstatement. Abstract for poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Hearing MC, Jedynak JP, Ingebretson AE, Ebner SR, Fischer RA, Thomas MJ. (2014) Repeated morphine administration drives bidirectional and cell-type specific AMPAR plasticity in the nucleus accumbens. Abstract for oral presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • Mechanisms of cocaine-induced synaptic depotentiation in the nucleus accumbens. Oral presentation at Department of Neuroscience Colloquium Series, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2015

ROTATIONS

GPN COMMITTEES

  • Council of Graduate Students Neuroscience Representative, 2015 – 2017

PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH

  • Your Amazing Brain—Inside Out coordinator and presenter, Shoreview and White Bear Public Libraries, March 2016
  • Brain Awareness instructor, Irondale Community School, Irondale, MN, February 2016
  • Brain Awareness instructor, Field Community School, Minneapolis, MN, November 2015
  • Science Fusion! Presenter, Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, January 2016
  • Brain Awareness instructor, Marcy Holmes Community School, Minneapolis, MN, March 2015
  • Science Fusion! presenter, Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, January 2015
  • Social Sciences: Neuroscience of Zombies presenter, Science Museum of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, October 2014
  • Brains at the State Fair presenter, Minnesota State Fair, St Paul, MN September 2014
  • Brains at the State Fair presenter, Minnesota State Fair, St Paul, MN September 2013

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Society for Neuroscience, 2013 - present

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UMN?
I chose the University of Minnesota because of the comprehensive first-year coursework, the collaborative nature of the school, and the opportunity to work with outstanding researchers in the field.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT?
Make time for yourself outside of classes and labs; too much stress and busyness will wear you down!

Anna Ingebretson