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Donald Rainnie, PhD, trained in the laboratory of Professor John Kelly at Edinburgh University, Scotland, and Dr. Patricia Shinnick-Gallagher at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Rainnie was an assistant professor at Harvard University Medical School before joining the Yerkes Research Center in 2000.
Dr. Rainnie’s research aims to create a more thorough understanding of the cellular processes that contribute to the perception of emotion, which is often regarded as a psychological response rather than a physiological process. Dr. Rainnie and his research team focus on the cellular and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying emotional aspects of cognition, with emphasis on the role of the extended amygdala in fear conditioning and extinction, as well as emotional disorders such as anxiety, autism, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Rainnie collaborates with a number of researchers at Yerkes, including Drs. Michael Davis, Christopher Muly, Kerry Ressler and Larry Young.
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