Layla Banihashemi, Ph.D.

Graduated: April, 2010
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Thesis: Early life experience alters stress-related brain circuits: Effects of repeated brief postnatal maternal separation on central autonomic pathways
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Prior Degree: BS University of Pittsburgh (2003), MS, U Pittsburgh (2005)


Banihashemi, L. and Rinaman, L. (2009). Repeated brief postnatal maternal separation sex-dependently alters central gastric autonomic circuits in juvenile rats. (In Revision).

Almeida, J. R. C., Akkal, D., Hassel, S., Travis, M.J., Banihashemi, L., Kupfer, D.J. and Phillips, M.L. Gray matter volume in ventral prefrontal cortex and amygdala in bipolar disorder: Gender, illness variables, and medication effects. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 171(1): 54-68, 2009.

Banihashemi, L. and Rinaman, L. Noradrenergic inputs to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus underlie HPA axis but not hypophagic or conditioned avoidance responses to systemic yohimbine. Journal of Neuroscience 26: 11442-11453, 2006.

Myers, E.A., Banihashemi L. and Rinaman, L. “The Anxiogenic Drug Yohimbine Activates Central Viscerosensory Circuits in Rats.” Journal of Comparative Neurology 492:426-441, 2005.