Kelly Drew

Research in the Drew lab focuses on three aspects of hibernation biology. The first involves mechanisms of intrinsic neuroprotective properties of Arctic ground squirrel brain in the hibernating and euthermic state. The second involves mechanisms and cognitive significance of synaptic remodeling observed during hibernation torpor and arousal. The third involves central nervous system regulation of metabolic suppression in hibernation.

Selected Publications
  1. Jinka TR, Tøien Ø, Drew KL, 2011, Season primes the brain in an arctic hibernator to facilitate entrance into torpor mediated by adenosine A(1) receptors. J. Neurosci. 31(30), 10752-8
  2. Jinka TR, Carlson ZA, Moore JT, Drew KL. Altered thermoregulation via sensitization of A1 adenosine receptors in dietary-restricted rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2010 Apr;209(3):217-24. Epub 2010 Feb 26. 
  3. Drew KL, McGee RC, Wells MS, Kelleher-Andersson JA, 2011, Growth and differentiation of adult hippocampal arctic ground squirrel neural stem cells. J. Vis. Exp. (47). pii: 2199. doi: 10.3791/2199.
  4. Kirschner DL, Wilson AL, Drew KL, Green TK, 2009, Simultaneous efflux of endogenous D-ser and L-glu from single acute hippocampus slices during oxygen glucose deprivation. J. Neurosci. Res., May 12. [Epub ahead of print]; 87(12):2812-20.
  5. Chen C,   Drew K L   Droplet-based Microdialysis – Concept, Theory, and Design Consideration, 2008,  J. of Chromatography A, 1209(1-2):29-36


  • B.S. 1981, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Psychology)
  • Ph.D. 1987, Albany Medical College (Pharmacology)
  • 1987-1990 Post-doctoral Fellow, Pharmacology Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dennis Demmert Award 2005
  • Usebelli Teaching Award 2006
  • Sven O.E. Ebbesson Neuroscience Award 2006

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