Meenakshi Alreja PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology; Director, Minority Recruitment, Psychiatry Department; Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, Psychiatry Department

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiologyDiscovery to Cure Internship | Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center

Research Interests

Prefrontal cortex; Interneurons; Nicotine; Acetylcholine; Electrophysiology; GABA; glutamate; Hypocretin; MCH; Learning and Memory; Neurotransmitters; Signal Transduction; GnRH; Puberty; Fertility; HPG axis; Kisspeptin more...


  • Ph.D., Delhi University, 1987

Selected Publications

  • Wu M, Dumalska I, Morozova E, van den Pol A and Alreja M Melanin-concentrating hormone directly inhibits GnRH neurons and blocks kisspeptin activation: link between energy balance and reproduction. PNAS 106(40):17217-22. 2009.
  • Wu M, Dumalska I, Morozova E, van den Pol A and Alreja M Gonadotropin inhibitory hormone (GnIH) innervates, inhibits basal forebrain vGluT2-GnRH neurons via a direct postsynaptic mechanism. J. Physiology, 587.7:1401-1411, 2009.
  • Morozova, E. Wu, M., Dumalska, I and Alreja, M. The novel tachykinin, hemokinin-1, activates septohippocampal cholinergic neurons via NK1, NK2 and NK3 receptors. Eur. J. Neurosci., 27(1):114-122, 2008



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