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Professor, Genetics Professor, School of Pharmacy-Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics Faculty Director, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program

Research Interests

Keywords: Identification and characterization of genes that influence behavior; mouse models of addiction, anxiety, stress

The research in Dr. Tarantino’s laboratory is focused on identification and characterization of genes that influence behavior. In particular, they study mouse models of addiction, anxiety, stress and depression-like behaviors. The laboratory uses a number of forward genetic approaches, including the measurement of behavior in existing mouse populations, such as inbred mouse strains, newer mouse resources like the Collaborative Cross and spontaneous and ENU-induced mutants. Behavior is also largely influenced by the environment and the laboratory is investigating environmental manipulations that act independently or in concert with genetic background to alter behavioral phenotypes.

Mentor Training:

  • Bias 101
  • Culturally Aware Mentoring
  • DEI Program Part 1 – Unconscious Bias
  • Faculty Mentoring Workshop for Biomedical Researchers
  • Safe Zone

Training Program Affiliations:

  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences


Lisa Tarantino in UNC Genetics News


Lisa M. Tarantino, PhD