Ali Gheidi, PhD


  • BA, Psychology, York University
  • MSc, Psychology-Neuroscience, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • PhD, Psychology-Neuroscience, Wilfrid Laurier University Memorial
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology of Drug Addiction, University of Michigan
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology of Memory, University of Newfoundland
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology of Drug Addiction, Wayne State University

Research Interest

Dr. Gheidi’s research is in the area of memory, aging and addiction. Currently, he is studying the neurobiology of drug-reinstatement. Specifically, how the neuronal ensembles in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) control reinstatement to cocaine seeking.

Selected Publications

  • Cope., LM., Gheidi, A., Khalil, H., Drumheller, A., Allerton, T., & Morrow, JD. A mechanical task for measuring sign-and goal-tracking in humans: A proof-of-concept study” Submitted to Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  • Gheidi, A., Damphousse, CC & Marrone, DF. Experience-dependent persistent of arc expression is reduced in the aged hippocampus (2020). Neurobiology of Aging, 95, 225-230.
  • Lisieski, MJ., Karavidha, K., Gheidi, A., Garibyan, RL., Conti, AC., Morrow, JD., and Perrine, SA. (2019). Divergent effects of repeated cocaine and novel environment exposure on locus coeruleus c-fos expression and brain catecholamine concentrations in rats. Brain and Behavior, 3, e01222.

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  • K01 DA055068 (NIDA/NIH) GHEIDI (PI) June 15 2022-May 31 2027. Norepinephrine modulates medial prefrontal cortex neural ensembles that control cocaine seeking behavior.
  • T32 DA007268 (NIDA/NIH) TRAYNOR (PI) Postdoctoral Training in the Biology of Drug Abuse

Professional Involvement

  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Society for Neuroscience

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