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Allison Knoll

TitleAssistant Professor of Research Pediatrics
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentPediatrics
Address4640 West Sunset Boulevard
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90027
Phone+1 323 442 2776
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    Harvard University, Cambridge, MAPhD05/2010Neurobiology

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    My research focuses on understanding the genetic and environmental basis of individual differences in typical social behavior and in risk for neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). We model genetic diversity using large families of recombinant inbred mouse strains in which genetic variation is extensive, fixed, and well-characterized. Current studies focus on 1) identifying genes that underlie strain differences in sociability and cognition using quantitative trait locus mapping and advanced gene validation strategies, 2) examining the interaction between genetic background and common genetic risk variants for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to identify the biological mechanisms underlying disorder risk/resilience, and 3) identifying the role of strain genetics in moderating risk/resilience to adverse outcomes associated with early-life stress. The goal of these studies is to understand the biology of heritable variation in sociability and cognition and to advance precision medicine approaches for the treatment of NDDs and early-adversity.


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    1. Van Segbroeck M, Knoll AT, Levitt P, Narayanan S. MUPET-Mouse Ultrasonic Profile ExTraction: A Signal Processing Tool for Rapid and Unsupervised Analysis of Ultrasonic Vocalizations. Neuron. 2017 May 03; 94(3):465-485.e5. PMID: 28472651.
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    2. Knoll AT, Halladay LR, Holmes AJ, Levitt P. Quantitative Trait Loci and a Novel Genetic Candidate for Fear Learning. J Neurosci. 2016 06 08; 36(23):6258-68. PMID: 27277803; PMCID: PMC4899527 [Available on 12/08/16].
    3. Wood RI, Knoll AT, Levitt P. Social housing conditions and oxytocin and vasopressin receptors contribute to ethanol conditioned social preference in female mice. Physiol Behav. 2015 Nov 01; 151:469-77. PMID: 26282397; PMCID: PMC4587335 [Available on 11/01/16].
    4. Dow AL, Lin TV, Chartoff EH, Potter D, McPhie DL, Van't Veer AV, Knoll AT, Lee KN, Neve RL, Patel TB, Ongur D, Cohen BM, Carlezon WA. Sprouty2 in the dorsal hippocampus regulates neurogenesis and stress responsiveness in rats. PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0120693. PMID: 25822989; PMCID: PMC4378921.
    5. Knoll AT, Muschamp JW, Sillivan SE, Ferguson D, Dietz DM, Meloni EG, Carroll FI, Nestler EJ, Konradi C, Carlezon WA. Kappa opioid receptor signaling in the basolateral amygdala regulates conditioned fear and anxiety in rats. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Sep 01; 70(5):425-33. PMID: 21531393; PMCID: PMC3150294.
    6. Knoll AT, Carlezon WA. Dynorphin, stress, and depression. Brain Res. 2010 Feb 16; 1314:56-73. PMID: 19782055; PMCID: PMC2819644.
    7. Carlezon WA, Béguin C, Knoll AT, Cohen BM. Kappa-opioid ligands in the study and treatment of mood disorders. Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Sep; 123(3):334-43. PMID: 19497337; PMCID: PMC2740476.
    8. Knoll AT, Meloni EG, Thomas JB, Carroll FI, Carlezon WA. Anxiolytic-like effects of kappa-opioid receptor antagonists in models of unlearned and learned fear in rats. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2007 Dec; 323(3):838-45. PMID: 17823306.
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    9. Meloni EG, Gerety LP, Knoll AT, Cohen BM, Carlezon WA. Behavioral and anatomical interactions between dopamine and corticotropin-releasing factor in the rat. J Neurosci. 2006 Apr 05; 26(14):3855-63. PMID: 16597740.
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