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School of Pharmacy

College of Health Sciences

Rebecca A. Darling, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Research Associate • (307) 766-6234 • HS 492

Rebecca Darling earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2010. Her thesis focused on the effects of mercaptoacetate on fatty acid metabolism. She used a variety of in vivo and cellular techniques. Following completion of her Ph.D., she worked as a post-doctoral associate in Dr. Helen Raybould’s laboratory at UCDavis working on physiological effects of high fat diets. She then did a post-doctoral research fellowship with a small biotech company, Phoenix Biosystem, followed by a research position at InCube Labs in San Jose, California. She is currently a post-doctoral associate in Dr. Travis Brown’s laboratory.


Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience), 2010, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, 2003, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Professional Affiliations:

Society for Neuroscience


Course instructor for Anatomy and Physiology (Las Positas Community College; Spring 2013)

Teaching Assistant for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Lab, Developmental Biology, Mammalian Physiology, and Neuroanatomy (Washington State University; 2003-2008)

Research Interests:

To better understand how various stimuli (i.e. stress, diet, drugs of abuse) can alter the neural circuitry and organization of the brain causing behavioral alterations.


Darling RA, Ritter S. 2-Deoxy-D-glucose, but not mercaptoacetate, increases food intake in decerebrate rats. Am J Physiolo Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2009

Rebecca A. Darling, Ph.D.

Rebecca A. Darling, Ph.D.

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