Dr. Michele Rankin

Dr. Michele Rankin is a neuroscientist that studied how catfish smell and how proteins in your brain respond to the chemical dopamine – a chemical involved in reward-motivated behaviors (like substance use disorders). She is the NIDA Research Training Director and enjoys helping people find ways to support their substance use disorder research training and career development. She has two Norwegian Elkhounds that love to play in the snow. She is originally from Louisiana and loves cooking healthy Cajun cuisine (gumbo, crawfish etouffee), snow skiing, and traveling.