Huck Early Career Chair in Neurobiology & Neural Engineering; Assistant Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering; Associate Director for Postdoctoral Training and Leadership, Center for Neural Engineering
326 Mueller Lab
University Park, PA
Investigation of peptidergic transmission throughout the brain, using cell-specific and pathway-specific manipulations to understand how peptides alter neuronal signaling and behavior, particularly in the context of stress and drug use.
Huck Graduate Students
- Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders
- Neuroscience Institute
- Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences
- Integrative and Biomedical Physiology
- Center for Neurotechnology in Mental Health Research
- Center for Neural Engineering
These publication tags are generated from the output of this researcher. Click any tag below to view other Huck researchers working on the same topic.Neurons Brain Anxiety Somatostatin Kappa Opioid Receptor Binge Drinking Dynorphins Ethanol Alcohols Septal Nuclei Alcohol Drinking Amygdala Basolateral Nuclear Complex Prefrontal Cortex Corpus Striatum Depression Reward Pyramidal Cells Peptides Drive Central Amygdaloid Nucleus Alcoholism Dopamine Receptors Underage Drinking Ligands
Most Recent Publications
Dakota F. Brockway, Keith R. Griffith, Chloe M. Aloimonos, Thomas T. Clarity, J. Brody Moyer, Grace C. Smith, Nigel C. Dao, Md Shakhawat Hossain, Patrick J. Drew, Joshua A. Gordon, David A. Kupferschmidt, Nicole A. Crowley, 2023, Cell Reports
Avery R. Sicher, William D. Starnes, Keith R. Griffith, Nigel C. Dao, Grace C. Smith, Dakota F. Brockway, Nicole A. Crowley, 2023, Neuropharmacology
Predictive link between systemic metabolism and cytokine signatures in the brain of apolipoprotein E ε4 mice
Rebecca Fleeman, A Snyder, M Kuhn, D Chan, G Smith, Nicole Crowley, Amy Arnold, Elizabeth Proctor, 2022, Neurobiology of Aging on p. 154-169
An innovative approach to examining the role of neurotransmitters in fear circuitry
Keith R. Griffith, Nicole A. Crowley, 2022, Neuropsychopharmacology on p. 2175-2176
Somatostatin neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis play a sex-dependent role in binge Drinking
Malini Suresh Nair, Nigel C. Dao, Daniela Lopez Melean, Keith R. Griffith, W. David Starnes, J. Brody Moyer, Avery R. Sicher, Dakota F. Brockway, Kathleen D. Meeks, Nicole A. Crowley, 2022, Journal of Electrophysiological Techniques on p. 38-46
Targeted and transient opening of the blood brain barrier in discrete neurocircuits and brain regions
Nikki Crowley*, Nicole A. Crowley, Scott Medina*, 2022, Neuropsychopharmacology on p. 253-254
Avery R. Sicher, Arielle Duerr, William D. Starnes, Nicole A. Crowley, 2022, Frontiers in Neuroscience
Developing breakthrough psychiatric treatments by modulating G protein-coupled receptors on prefrontal cortex somatostatin interneurons
Nicole A. Crowley, Max E. Joffe, 2022, Neuropsychopharmacology on p. 389-390
Nigel C. Dao, Dakota F. Brockway, Malini Suresh Nair, Avery R. Sicher, Nicole A. Crowley, 2021, Neuropsychopharmacology on p. 1906-1917
Forced Abstinence From Alcohol Induces Sex-Specific Depression-Like Behavioral and Neural Adaptations in Somatostatin Neurons in Cortical and Amygdalar Regions
Nigel C. Dao, Malini Suresh Nair, Sarah N. Magee, J. Brody Moyer, Veronica Sendao, Dakota F. Brockway, Nicole A. Crowley, 2020, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Eyal Vardy, J. Elliott Robinson, Chia Li, Reid H.J. Olsen, Jeffrey F. DiBerto, Patrick M. Giguere, Flori M. Sassano, Xi Ping Huang, Hu Zhu, Daniel J. Urban, Kate L. White, Joseph E. Rittiner, Nicole A. Crowley, Kristen E. Pleil, Christopher M. Mazzone, Philip D. Mosier, Juan Song, Thomas L. Kash, C. J. Malanga, Michael J. Krashes, Bryan L. Roth, 2015, Neuron on p. 936-946
Ream Al-Hasani, Jordan G. McCall, Gunchul Shin, Adrian M. Gomez, Gavin P. Schmitz, Julio M. Bernardi, Chang O. Pyo, Sung Il Park, Catherine M. Marcinkiewcz, Nicole A. Crowley, Michael J. Krashes, Bradford B. Lowell, Thomas L. Kash, John A. Rogers, Michael R. Bruchas, 2015, Neuron on p. 1063-1077
Lauren DePoy, Rachel Daut, Jonathan L. Brigman, Kathryn MacPherson, Nicole Crowley, Ozge Gunduz-Cinar, Charles L. Pickens, Resat Cinar, Lisa M. Saksida, George Kunos, David M. Lovinger, Timothy J. Bussey, Marguerite C. Camp, Andrew Holmes, 2013, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 14783-14788
Loukia Parisiadou, Jia Yu, Carmelo Sgobio, Chengsong Xie, Guoxiang Liu, Lixin Sun, Xing Long Gu, Xian Lin, Nicole A. Crowley, David M. Lovinger, Huaibin Cai, 2014, Nature Neuroscience on p. 367-376
Effects of chronic ethanol exposure on neuronal function in the prefrontal cortex and extended amygdala
Kristen E. Pleil, Emily G. Lowery-Gionta, Nicole A. Crowley, Chia Li, Catherine A. Marcinkiewcz, Jamie H. Rose, Nora M. McCall, Antoniette M. Maldonado-Devincci, A. Leslie Morrow, Sara R. Jones, Thomas L. Kash, 2015, Neuropharmacology on p. 735-749
Nicole A. Crowley, Daniel W. Bloodgood, J. Andrew Hardaway, Alexis M. Kendra, Jordan G. McCall, Ream Al-Hasani, Nora M. McCall, Waylin Yu, Zachary L. Schools, Michael J. Krashes, Bradford B. Lowell, Jennifer L. Whistler, Michael R. Bruchas, Thomas L. Kash, 2016, Cell Reports on p. 2774-2783
Nicole A. Crowley, Thomas L. Kash, 2015, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry on p. 51-60
Thomas L. Kash, Kristen E. Pleil, Catherine A. Marcinkiewcz, Emily G. Lowery-Gionta, Nicole Crowley, Christopher Mazzone, Jonathan Sugam, J. Andrew Hardaway, Zoe A. McElligott, 2015, Molecules and Cells on p. 1-13
Manipulations of central amygdala neurotensin neurons alter the consumption of ethanol and sweet fluids in mice
María Luisa Torruella-Suárez, Jessica R. Vandenberg, Elizabeth S. Cogan, Gregory J. Tipton, Adonay Teklezghi, Kedar Dange, Gunjan K. Patel, Jenna A. McHenry, J. Andrew Hardaway, Pranish A. Kantak, Nicole A. Crowley, Jeffrey F. DiBerto, Sara P. Faccidomo, Clyde W. Hodge, Garret D. Stuber, Zoé A. McElligott, 2020, Journal of Neuroscience on p. 632-647
Glutamatergic mechanisms associated with stress-induced amygdala excitability and anxiety-related behavior
Sophie Masneuf, Emily Lowery-Gionta, Giovanni Colacicco, Kristen E. Pleil, Chia Li, Nicole Crowley, Shaun Flynn, Andrew Holmes, Thomas Kash, 2014, Neuropharmacology on p. 190-197
News Articles Featuring Nikki Crowley
Oct 06, 2023
Nikki Crowley honored with Women in STEAM Award by the Whitaker Center
Nikki Crowley, Huck Early Career Chair in Neurobiology and Neural Engineering and assistant professor of biology and of biomedical engineering, has been named among Women to Watch: Class of 2023 as part of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts’ Women in STEAM Awards.
Aug 17, 2023
Uncovering the role of somatostatin signaling in the brain
New research in mice demonstrates how the signaling molecule somatostatin acts to dampen neural circuits in the prefrontal cortex and stimulate exploratory behavior.
Jun 08, 2023
Mouse models of adolescent binge drinking reveal key long-lasting brain changes
Heavy alcohol consumption may cause permanent dysregulation of neurons, or brain cells, in adolescents, according to a new study in mice.
Feb 20, 2023
New Student Spotlight video highlights neuroscience's Avery Sicher
The latest entry in the Student Spotlight series from the Huck Institutes covers Avery Sicher, a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program, and her research on the effects of alcohol consumption on brain development.
Jan 17, 2023
Crowley receives Huck Early Career Chair appointment
Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biology and biomedical engineering, has been named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Chair in Neurobiology and Neural Engineering by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
Nov 10, 2022
New research on effects of binge drinking earns biologist early career award
Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biology and biomedical engineering at Penn State, is the 2022 recipient of the Neuropsychopharmacology Editor’s Early Career Award.
Jul 11, 2022
Penn State biologist receives NIH grant to help unlock biology of binge drinking
Nikki Crowley, assistant professor of biology and of biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study the neurobiology of binge alcohol drinking.
Jun 23, 2022
Neuroscience grad student awarded grant to study adolescent binge drinking
Avery Sicher, a graduate student in the neuroscience program at Penn State's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, has received a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her continued research. Sicher is one of few Huck students to receive this recognition.
Apr 06, 2022
First round of funded projects announced from the Benkovic Research Initiative
Four projects have been announced as recipients of funding from the Patricia and Stephen Benkovic Research Initiative, which supports risky, highly innovative investigation at the interface of chemistry and the life sciences.