• 725 Citations
  • 19 h-Index

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Research interests

Dr. Zheng-Ming Ding’s NIH-funded research is focused on elucidating neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development of substance use disorders, including nicotine and alcohol.

Dr. Ding utilizes behavioral paradigms to characterize various behavioral effects of drugs of abuse related to motivation and reward. Neurochemical, molecular biological and chemogenetic techniques are employed to investigate the involvement of neurotransmitter systems, intracellular proteins and neuro-circuits in mediating the effects of drugs of abuse.

His major project studies the involvement of cotinine, the major metabolite of nicotine, in the development of nicotine reinforcement. This project characterizes the rewarding and reinforcing effects of cotinine and neurochemical mechanisms underlying these effects in rats. The interactions between nicotine and cotinine in producing reinforcement is also investigated. Results from this project will provide evidence implicating cotinine as a major factor contributing to nicotine addiction and identify cotinine as a target for future development of smoking cessation medications.

Dr. Ding’s second project studies the role of prefrontal cortex in alcohol reinforcement and drinking. This project investigates the glutamate neurotransmission and neuro-circuits within and from the prefrontal cortex in the development of alcohol reinforcement and high alcohol drinking.

His third project examines a potential association between the development of Alzheimer’s disease-like pathological changes and the development of nicotine addiction. This project characterizes nicotine reward-related behaviors in a transgenic rat model of Alzheimer’s disease and seeks to associate these behavioral changes with Alzheimer’s-specific protein changes in the brain.

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Research Output

  • 725 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 29 Article

Gene expression changes in the ventral hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex of adolescent alcohol-preferring (P) rats following binge-like alcohol drinking

McClintick, J. N., McBride, W. J., Bell, R. L., Ding, Z-M., Liu, Y., Xuei, X. & Edenberg, H. J., May 1 2018, In : Alcohol. 68, p. 37-47 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Scopus citations

    Reduced Levels of mGlu2 Receptors within the Prelimbic Cortex Are Not Associated with Elevated Glutamate Transmission or High Alcohol Drinking

    Ding, Z. M., Ingraham, C. M., Hauser, S. R., Lasek, A. W., Bell, R. L. & McBride, W. J., Nov 2017, In : Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 41, 11, p. 1896-1906 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations
  • 7 Scopus citations
  • 19 Scopus citations

    Gene expression changes in serotonin, GABA-A receptors, neuropeptides and ion channels in the dorsal raphe nucleus of adolescent alcohol-preferring (P) rats following binge-like alcohol drinking

    McClintick, J. N., McBride, W. J., Bell, R. L., Ding, Z. M., Liu, Y., Xuei, X. & Edenberg, H. J., Feb 2015, In : Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. 129, p. 87-96 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 27 Scopus citations