Michael Bienkowski, Ph.D.

Graduated: December 2012
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Thesis: Anatomical organization of the extended amygdala
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow University of Southern California, Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics
Prior Degree: BS University of Pittsburgh (2007)


Bienkowski, M.S., and Rinaman, L. Common and distinct neural inputs to the medial central necleus of the amygdala and anterior ventrolateral bed nucleus of stria terminalis in rats. Brain Structure and Function, Epub 2012, Feb 24.

Bienkowski, M.S., and Rinaman, L. Immune challenge activates neural inputs to the ventrolateral bed nucleus of stria terminalis. Physiology and Behavior, 2011. (Submitted).

Bienkowski, M.S. and Rinaman, L. Noradrenergic inputs to the paraventricular hypothalamus contribute to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and central Fos activation in rats after acute systemic endotoxin exposure. Neuroscience, 2008 Oct 28; 156(4):1093-102. Epub 2008 Aug 13.