Martha Escobar

Martha Escobar
Associate Professor
124 Pryale Hall
(248) 370-2303



BA - University of Deusto, Spain (1997)
MS - SUNY-Binghamton (2001)
PhD - SUNY-Binghamton (2002)

Current research interests
- Animal models of pathological fear and resiliency to fear
- Biological basis of memory and memory dysfunction
- Causal learning
- Learning and memory in invertebrates
- Associative mechanisms of behavioral change
- Retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines

Current and past research sponsors
National Institutes of Mental Health
National Science Foundation (AGEP-T, STEM, and ITEST)
Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer

Select recent publications (* = graduate student; ** = undergraduate student):

*Bhattacharya, S., *Kimble, W.L., *Buabeid, M., *Bhattacharya, D., *Bloemer, J., *Alhowail, A., Reed, M., Dhanasekaran, Escobar, M., & Suppiramaniam, V. (2017). Altered AMPA receptor expression plays an important role in inducing bidirectional synaptic plasticity during contextual fear memory reconsolidation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 139, 98-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.12.013

*Bhattacharya, D., *Dunaway, E.P., *Bhattacharya, S., *Bloemer, J., *Buabeid, M., Escobar, M., Suppiramaniam, V., & Dhanasekaran, M. (2015). Impaired ILK function is associated with deficits in hippocampal based memory and synaptic plasticity in a FASD rat model. PlosOne, 10(8), e0135700. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135700

Escobar, M., *Suits, W.T., **Rahn, E.J., & Arcediano, F. (2015). Do long delay conditioned stimuli develop inhibitory properties? Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1606. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01606

Escobar, M., *Dunaway, E.P, & **Genaro, K. (2014). Conditioned avoidance responses survive contingency degradation in the garden slug, Lehmannia valentiana. Learning & Behavior, 42, 305-312. DOI 10.3758/s13420-014-0147-9

*Powell, E. J., Escobar, M., & *Kimble, W. (2013). Delaying interference training has equivalent effects in various Pavlovian interference paradigms. Learning & Memory, 20, 241-244.

 Escobar, M., & Miller, R. R. (2012). Associative accounts of causality judgments. In T. R. Zentall & E. A. Wasserman (Eds.), Handbook on comparative cognition (pp. 157-174). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. DOI 10.1101/lm.030650.113

Parameshwaran, K., *Buabeid, M. A., *Karuppagounder, S. S., *Uthayathas, S., *Thiruchelvam, K., Shonesy, B., Dityatev, A., Escobar, M., Dhanasekaran, M., & Suppiramaniam, V. (2012). Developmental nicotine exposure induced alterations in behavior and glutamate receptor function in hippocampus. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 69, 829-841. DOI 10.1007/s00018-011-0805-4