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“A subtle thought in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value”
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Asok A. (2022) Circular RNAs may embed pieces of real-world sensory information into an episodic memory. BioRiv Preprint.

Asok A., Leroy, F., Parro, C., Ford, L. Fitzpatrick, M.N., Kalmbach, A. Neve, R., Rayman, J.B. & Kandel, E.R. (2021). A multisensory circuit for gating intense aversive experiences. BioRiv Preprint


Reyes, N.S., Diaz, P.A.S., Manas, R.N., Ruiz-Pino, A., Nomura, Y., de Solis, C.A., Schulkin, J., Asok A. & Leroy, F. (2023). Corticotropin-releasing hormone signaling from prefrontal cortex to lateral septum supports social novelty preference. Cell (Accepted). BioRiv Preprint.


Ford, L., Asok A., Tripp, A.D., Parro, C., Fitzpatrick, M., de Solis, C.A., Shafiian, N., Fioriti, L., Soni, R.J. & Kandel, E.R. (2023). CPEB3 low-complexity motif regulates local protein synthesis via protein–protein interactions in neuronal ribonucleoprotein granules. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. BioRiv Preprint.


Asok A. (2022). Editorial: Brain Modifications in Response to Stress: From Cellular to Circuit Reorganization. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. PMID: 36071745.

Kalmbach, A., Winiger, V., Jeong, N., Asok A., Gallistel, C.R., Balsam, P.D. & Simpson, E.H. (2022) Mesolimbic dopamine can encode reward availability on multiple time scales. Nature CommunicationsPMID: 35778414.


Leroy, F., De Solis, C., Boyle, L., Bock, T., Olfaro, O., Oliva, A., Buss, E., Morton, S., Asok A., Kandel, E.R., Siegelbaum, S.A. (2021). Enkephalin release by VIP neurons mediates hippocampal CA2 inhibitory plasticity and the formation of CA2-dependent social memory. Molecular Psychiatry. PMID: 33990774.


Scherma M., Qvist, J.S., Asok A., Huang, S.S.C., Deidda, M., Wei, Y.B., Soni, R.K., Fratta, W., Fadda, P., Kandel, E.R., Kandel, D.B. & Melas, P.A. (2020). Cannabinoid exposure in adolescence modifies the molecular response to cocaine. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. PMID: 32312805.


Asok, A., Leroy, F., Rayman, J. B., & Kandel, E. R. (2019). Molecular mechanisms of the memory trace. Trends in neurosciences. PMID: 30391015.

Asok, A., Hijazi, J., Harvey, L. R., Kosmidis, S., Kandel, E. R., & Rayman, J. B. (2019). Sex differences in remote contextual fear generalization in mice. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 13. PMID: 30967765.

Asok, A., Kandel, E. R., & Rayman, J. B. (2019). The neurobiology of fear generalization. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 12. PMID: 30697153.


Leroy, F., Park, J., Asok, A., Brann, D. H., Meira, T., Boyle, L. M., ... & Siegelbaum, S. A. (2018). A circuit from hippocampal CA2 to lateral septum disinhibits social aggression. Nature, 564(7735), 213. PMID: 30518859.

Asok, A., Draper, A., Hoffman, A. F., Schulkin, J., Lupica, C. R., & Rosen, J. B. (2018). Optogenetic silencing of a corticotropin-releasing factor pathway from the central amygdala to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis disrupts sustained fear. Molecular psychiatry, 23(4), 914. PMID: 28439099.

Jablonski, S. A., Robinson-Drummer, P. A., Schreiber, W. B., Asok, A., Rosen, J. B., & Stanton, M. E. (2018). Impairment of the context preexposure facilitation effect in juvenile rats by neonatal alcohol exposure is associated with decreased Egr-1 mRNA expression in the prefrontal cortex. Behavioral neuroscience, 132(6), 497. PMID: 30346189.


Dagan, O., Asok, A., Steele, H., Steele, M., & Bernard, K. (2018). Attachment security moderates the link between adverse childhood experiences and cellular aging. Development and Psychopathology, 30(4), 1211-1223. PMID: 29229013.


Blaze, J., Asok, A., Borrelli, K., Tulbert, C., Bollinger, J., Ronca, A. E., & Roth, T. L. (2017). Intrauterine exposure to maternal stress alters Bdnf IV DNA methylation and telomere length in the brain of adult rat offspring. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 62, 56-62. PMID: 28330827.

Murawski, N. J. & Asok, A. (2017). Understanding the contributions of visual stimuli to contextual fear conditioning: a proof-of-concept study using LCD screens. Neuroscience Letters, 637, 80-84. PMID: 27888041 / BioRꭓiv Preprint.


Asok, A., Schulkin, J., & Rosen, J. B. (2016). Corticotropin releasing factor type-1 receptor antagonism in the dorsolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis disrupts contextually conditioned fear, but not unconditioned fear to a predator odor. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 70, 17-24. PMID: 27153520.


Chakraborty, T., Asok, A., Stanton, M. E., & Rosen, J. B. (2016). Variants of contextual fear conditioning induce differential patterns of Egr-1 activity within the young adult prefrontal cortex. Behavioural Brain Research, 302, 122-130. PMID: 26778782.



Blaze, J., Asok, A., & Roth, T. L. (2015). Long-term effects of early-life caregiving experiences on brain-derived neurotrophic factor histone acetylation in the adult rat mPFC. Stress, 18(6), 607-615. PMID: 26305287.


Ayers, L. W., Asok, A., Blaze, J., Roth, T. L., & Rosen, J. B. (2016). Changes in dam and pup behavior following repeated postnatal exposure to a predator odor (TMT): A preliminary investigation in long‐evans rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(2), 176-184. PMID: 26394891.


Rosen, J. B., Asok, A., & Chakraborty, T. (2015). The smell of fear: innate threat of 2, 5-dihydro-2, 4, 5-trimethylthiazoline, a single molecule component of a predator odor. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 9, 292. PMID: 26379483.


Blaze, J., Asok, A., & Roth, T. L. (2015). The long-term impact of adverse caregiving environments on epigenetic modifications and telomeres. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, 79. PMID: 25904853.



Asok, A., Bernard, K., Rosen, J. B., Dozier, M. & Roth, T. L. (2014). Infant-caregiver experiences alter telomere length in the brain. PLoS One, 9(7), e101437. PMID: 24983884.


Schreiber W. B., Asok, A., Jablonski, S. A., Rosen, J. B. & Stanton, M. E. (2014). Egr-1 mRNA expression patterns in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala during variants of contextual fear conditioning in adolescent rats. Brain Research, 1576, 63-72. PMID: 24976583.



Asok, A., Ayers, L. W., Awoyemi, B., Schulkin, J. & Rosen, J. B. (2013). Immediate early gene and neuropeptide expression following exposure to the predator odor 2,5-dihydro-2,4,5-trimethylthiazoline (TMT). Behavioural Brain Research, 248, 85-93. PMID: 23583519.


Asok, A., Schreiber W. B., Jablonski, S. A., Rosen, J. B. & Stanton, M. E. (2013). Egr-1 increases in the prefrontal cortex following training in the context preexposure facilitation effect (CPFE) paradigm. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 106, 145-153. PMID: 23973447.


Ayers, L.W., Asok, A., Heyward, F. D. & Rosen, J. B. (2013). Freezing to the predator odor 2,4,5 dihydro 2,5 trimethylthiazoline (TMT) is disrupted by olfactory bulb removal but not trigeminal deafferentation. Behavioural Brain Research, 253, 54-59. PMID: 23831303.


Asok, A., Bernard, K., Roth, T. L., Rosen, J. B. & Dozier, M. (2013). Parental responsiveness moderates the association between early-life stress and reduced telomere length. Development and Psychopathology, 25(3), 577-585. PMID: 23527512.


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