Cindy Funk, PhD
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Assistant Dean of Student Assessment

Room 347
Phone: 575-674-2343
Email: cfunk@bcomnm.org
Department: Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Education

Postdoctoral Research Associate                                               2006 – 2008

Institut Francois Magendie, L’Université de Bordeaux, France

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate                                                2003 – 2006

The Scripps Research Institute, California

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences, Anatomy and Neurobiology                                                2003

Texas A&M University

Dissertation:  Presynpatic mechanisms of chronic ethanol: Role of the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons in mediating ethanol-induced inhibition of dopamine release.
Advisor: Dr. Douglas P. Dohrman 

 

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences                                                                      1999

Montana State University

Research Interests

Interest Area 1: Alcohol addiction. Neurobiology of drug and alcohol dependence; Research interests aim at discovering potential neurotransmitters involved in mediating alcohol addiction, especially those involved in mediating anxiety-like behaviors during relapse.

Richardson HN, Chan SH, Crawford EF, Lee YK, Funk CK, Koob GF, Mandyam CD. (2009) Permanent impairment of birth and survival of cortical and hippocampal cells following excessive drinking during alcohol dependence. Neurobiology of Disease 36, 1-10.

Revest JM, Dupret D, Koehl M, Funk CK, Grosiean N, Piazza PV, Abrous DN (2009) Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is involved in anxiety-related behaviors. Molecular Psychiatry 10, 959-967.

Richardson HN, Zhao Y, Fekete EM, Funk CK, Wirsching P, Janda KD, Zorrilla EP, Koob GF (2008) MPZP: a novel small molecule corticotropin-releasing factor type 1 receptor (CRF1) antagonist. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 88, 479-510.

Funk CK, O’Dell LE, Crawford EF, Koob GF (2006) Corticotropin-releasing factor within the central nucleus of the amygdala mediates enhanced ethanol self-administration in withdrawn, ethanol-dependent rats. Journal of Neuroscience 26, 11324-11332.

Funk CK, Zorrilla EP, Lee MJ, Rice KC, Koob GF (2007) CRF1 antagonists selectively reduce ethanol self-administration in ethanol-dependent animals.  Biological Psychiatry 61, 78-86.

Interest Are 2: Translational Anatomy Research. Translational anatomical research.  To many, the field of anatomy is stagnant and unchanging.  For an anatomist, anatomy is dynamic and translational anatomical research is important to keep the field cutting edge.

Vaux JJ, Hugate RR, Hills JW, Gryzbowski RF, Funk CK (2016) Morphometrics of the human thumb metacarpal bone: interest in developing an osseointegrated prosthesis Surgical and Radiological Anatomy Jan;38(1):127-33.

Davis, KE, Simpkin CT, Funk CK (2016) Unilateral Right-Sided Varicocele Associated With Pancreatic Cancer: A Cadaveric Case Report.  American Association of Clinical Anatomists annual conference, 2016.

Interest Area 3: Medical Education Research. Education research aimed at finding new ways to engage students in the learning of anatomy.

Montemayor J and Funk CK (2016) Utilization of Focused, Online Reading Links to Increase Medical Student Reading of Course Material. Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Conference, 2016..

Kincaid A, Lamb A, and Funk CK (2015) Assessment of neuroanatomy performance: impact of a video tutoring program n 1st year medical students” RVU research day.

Funk CK, Montemayor JR, Wells JE, Buck WB (2014) Effectiveness of an electronic gross anatomy dissector for first year medical students. American Association of Clinical Anatomists annual conference.

Professional Accomplishments & Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Medical Science Educators
  • American Association of Anatomists
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists

Professional Awards

  • Costin Institute Scholar
  • William Osler Teaching Award
  • Enoch-Gordis Research Award
  • NRSA F31 Research Funding Award
  • NRSA F32 Research Funding Award
  • Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale Funding Award

Selected Publications

David KE, Simpkin CT, and Funk CK (2017) Unilateral right-sided varicocele associated with pancreatic cancer: A cadaveric case report. Translational Research in Anatomy 7: 1-4.

Vaux JJ, Hugate RR, Hills JW, Gryzbowski RF, Funk CK (2016) Morphometrics of the human thumb metacarpal bone: interest in developing an osseointegrated prosthesis Surgical and Radiological Anatomy Jan;38(1):127-33.

Revest JM, Dupret D, Koehl M, Funk CK, Grosiean N, Piazza PV, Abrous DN (2009) Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is involved in anxiety-related behaviors. Molecular Psychiatry 10, 959-967.

Funk CK, O’Dell LE, Crawford EF, Koob GF (2006) Corticotropin-releasing factor within the central nucleus of the amygdala mediates enhanced ethanol self-administration in withdrawn, ethanol-dependent rats. Journal of Neuroscience 26, 11324-11332.

Funk CK, Zorrilla EP, Lee MJ, Rice KC, Koob GF (2007) CRF1 antagonists selectively reduce ethanol self-administration in ethanol-dependent animals.  Biological Psychiatry 61, 78-86.

Funk CK and Koob GF (2007) Administration of a CRF2 agonist into the central nucleus of the amygdala attenuates withdrawal-induced ethanol self-administration in ethanol dependent rats. Brain Research 1155, 172-178.

Funk CK, Dohrman DP (2007) Chronic ethanol exposure inhibits dopamine release via effects on the presynaptic actin cytoskeleton in PC12 cells.  Brain Research, 1185, 86-94.

Reiter-Funk CK, Dohrman DP (2005) Chronic ethanol exposure increases microtubule content in PC12 cells.  BMC Neuroscience  6:  16-23.

Dohrman DP, Reiter CK (2003) Chronic ethanol reduces nicotine-induced dopamine release in PC12 cells. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 27: 1846-51.

Dohrman DP, Reiter CK (2003) Ethanol modulates nicotine-induced upregulation of nAChRs.  Brain Research 975 (1-2): 90-98.