Julia Chester

Degree: Ph.D. Oregon Health and Science University, 1998

Graduate Student Recruitment:

I will be accepting graduate students for the 2019-20 academic year.

Research Interests:

My research program focuses on the study of genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors that influence development of major mental diseases such as addiction, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia.

Recent Publications:

Chester*, J. A. (2018).  A genetic mouse model for co-morbid alcohol use disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. In:  Sangha, S., Foti, D. (eds.) Neurobiology of Abnormal Emotion and Motivated Behaviors: Integrating Animal and Human Research, pp. 164-180. Cambridge: Academic Press. Chester 2018 Chapter

Fernandez*, R. F. Kim, S. Q., Zhao, Y., Foguth, R. M., Counihan, J. L., Weera2, M. M., Chester, J. A., Nomura, D. K., Cannon, J. R., Ellis*, J. M. Acyl-CoA synthetase 6 enriches the neuroprotective omega-3 fatty acid DHA in the brain (2018). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), in press.

Weera*2, M. M., Agim, Z., Cannon, J. R., & Chester*, J. A. (2018). Genetic correlations between nicotine reinforcement-related behaviors and propensity toward high or low alcohol preference in two replicate mouse lines. Genes, Brain and Behavior, Aug 21:e12515. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12515. [Epub ahead of print].

Weera*2, M. M., & Chester*, J. A. (2018). Effects of nicotine on alcohol drinking in female mice selectively-bred for high or low alcohol preference. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42(2):432-443. Epub 2018 Jan 15.

Peng*, C. Engle*, S. E., Yan Y., Weera,2 M. M., Berry, J. N., Arvin, M. C., Zhao G., McIntosh, J. M., Chester, J. A., Drenan*, R. M. (2017). Altered nicotine reward-associated behavior following α4 NAChR subunit deletion in ventral midbrain. Public Library of Science (PLoS) One, 31;12(7):e0182142.

Chester*, J. A., & Weera, M. M. (2017).  Genetic correlation between alcohol preference and conditioned fear: Exploring a functional relationship.  Alcohol, 58: 127-137. Published in a Special Issue on “Mouse Genetic Models of Alcohol and Stress-Alcohol Interactions.

Breit*, K. R., & Chester*, J. A. (2016).  Effects of chronic stress on alcohol reward- and anxiety-related behavior in high- and low-alcohol preferring mice.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(12): 2438-46.

Qiu*, B., Luczak, S. E., Wall, T. L., Kirchhoff , A. M., Xu, Y., Eng, M. Y., Stewart, R., Shou, W., Boehm II, S. L.,  Chester, J. A., Yong, W., & Liang*, T. (2016).  FKBP5 gene affects alcohol drinking in knockout mice and is implicated in alcohol drinking in humans.  International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17(8): pii: E1271.

Helms*, C.M., Bell, R.L., Bennett, A.J., Davies, D.L., Chester, J.A., Kosten, T.A., Leeman, R.F., Panicker, S., Platt, D.M., Weiner, J.L., & Edwards*, S. (2015). The importance of animals in advancing research on alcohol use disorders.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(4): 575-8.  

Powers*, M.S., Breit, K.R., & Chester*, J.A. (2015). Genetic versus pharmacological assessment of the role of cannabinoid type 2 receptors in alcohol reward-related behaviors..  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(12): 2438-46.

Powers*, M.S., Chester*, J.A. (2014). Effects of stress, acute alcohol treatment, or both on prepulse inhibition in high- and low- alcohol preferring mice. Alcohol, 48(2): 113-22. Epub 2014 Jan 8.

Huang*, M.C, Schwandt, M.L., Chester, J.A., Kirchhoff, A.M., Kao, C. Liang, T., Tapocik, J.D., Ramchandani, V.A., George, D.T., Hodgkinson, C.A., Goldman, D., Heilig*, M. (2014) FKBP5 moderates alcohol withdrawal severity: Human genetic association and functional validation in knockout mice.Neuropsychopharmacology, 39(8): 2029-38. Epub 2014 Mar 7.

Yong*, W., Spence, J.P., Eskay, R. Fitz, S.D., Damadzic, R., Lai, D., Foroud, T., Carr, L.G., Shekhar, A., Chester, J.A., Heilig, M., Liang*, T. (2014) Alcohol-preferring rats show decreased corticotropin-releasing hormone 2 receptor expression and respond differently to restraint stress compared to -nonpreferring rats. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38(5): 1275-83. Epub 2014 Mar 10.

Han*, B., Wright, R., Kirchhoff, A.M., Chester, J.A., Cooper, B.R., Davisson, V.J., Barker*, E.L (2013). Quantitative LC-MS/MS analysis of arachidonoyl amino acids in mouse brain with treatment of FAAH inhibitor. Analytical Biochemistry432(2), 74-81. Epub 2012 Oct 5.

Chester*, J.A., Kirchhoff, A. M., Barrenha, G.D. (2013). Relation between corticosterone and fear-related behavior in mice selectively bred for high or low alcohol preference.  Addiction Biology, Epub 2013 Jan 21.

Han*, C., Salyer, A.E., Kim, E.H., Jiang, X., Jarrard, R.E., Powers, M.S., Kirchhoff, A.M., Salvador, T.K., Chester, J.A., Hockerman, G.H., Colby*, D.A (2013).  Evaluation of difluoromethyl ketones as agonists of the -amino butyric acid type B (GABAB) receptor. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry,56(6), 2456-65, Epub 2013 Mar 6.

Powers*, M.S., Broderick, H., Drenan*, R.M., Chester*, J.A. (2013).  Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Containing α6 Subunits Modulate Alcohol Reward Behaviors. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 12(5), 543-53. Epub 2013 May 7.

Barrenha, G.D. & Chester, J.A. (2012). Effects of cross-fostering on alcohol preference and correlated responses to selection in high- and low-alcohol preferring mice. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36(12), 2065-73. Epub 2012 May 16.

Barrenha, G.D., Coon L.E., Chester, J.A. (2011). Effects of alcohol on the acquisition and expression of fear potentiated startle in mouse lines selectively bred for high and low alcohol preference. Psychopharmacology, 218(1), 191-201. Epub 2011 Apr 13.

Julia Chester

Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

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E-mail: jcheste@purdue.edu
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