• 281 Citations
  • 9 h-Index

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Research interests

Dr. Sheila Vrana’s research interests involved molecular underpinnings of drug-seeking behavior in rodents. She transitioned to the field of research administration in 1997 at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has led the Office of Research Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine since 2004.

Dr. Vrana is a member of several national research advocacy and strategic planning organizations - AAMC GRAND, COGR, NCURA and SRA - and is a member of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Executive Committee and co-lead of the Workforce Development program within Translational Endeavors.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Sheila Vrana is co-director of Penn State College of Medicine's graduate ethics course (IBIOS 591) and the co-director of Grants Academy, a yearly workshop intended to assist participants with preparation and submission of an independent investigator-initiated grant application. 

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine

… → 1994

Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD, West Viginia University School of Medicine

… → 1990

Biology, BS, Emory University

… → 1985

Psychology, BA, Emory University

… → 1985

External positions

GRAND Steering Committee Member, Association of American Medical Colleges


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Research Output

  • 281 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 1 Short survey

Dose-effect functions for cocaine self-administration: Effects of schedule and dosing procedure

Sizemore, G. M., Gaspard, T. M., Kim, S. A., Walker, L. E., Vrana, S. L. & Dworkin, S. I., Jul 1 1997, In : Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. 57, 3, p. 523-531 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 19 Scopus citations

    Use of elevated reverse transcription reaction temperatures in RT-PCR

    Freeman, W. M., Vrana, S. L. & Vrana, K. E., May 1 1996, In : BioTechniques. 20, 5, p. 782-783 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

    Application of quantitative RT-PCR to the analysis of dopamine receptor mRNA levels in rat striatum

    Vrana, S. L., Kluttz, B. W. & Vrana, K. E., Dec 1 1995, In : Molecular Brain Research. 34, 1, p. 127-134 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 22 Scopus citations

    Young investigators' symposium: Environmental modulation of drug effects

    Kamien, J. B., Amass, L., Vrana, S. L., Nader, M. A., Bush, C. R. & Foltin, R. W., Jan 1 1995, In : NIDA Research Monograph Series. 152, p. 53-57 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Chronic Cocaine Administration Increases CNS Tyrosine Hydroxylase Enzyme Activity and mRNA Levels and Tryptophan Hydroxylase Enzyme Activity Levels

    Vrana, S. L., Vrana, K. E., Koves, T. R., Smith, J. E. & Dworkin, S. I., Dec 1993, In : Journal of neurochemistry. 61, 6, p. 2262-2268 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 98 Scopus citations