Michael Fanselow

Michael Fanselow, Ph.D.

Director, Behavioral Testing Core Distinguished Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience Learning and Behavior Professor, Psychology Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology Member, Brain Research Institute Neuroscience GPB Home Area

(310) 206-3891

Franz Hall, #8548
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Franz Hall, #8548
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Michael S. Fanselow is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at U.C.L.A. and has held academic appointments at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and Dartmouth College before coming to UCLA in 1987. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and received the Edwin B Newman Award for Excellence in Research for his dissertation work there. He has also received the Early Career Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the D. O. Hebb Award from the American Psychological Association and the Troland Award from the National Academy of Science. He was elected President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology and President of the Pavlovian Society. He currently holds positions as the Staglin Family Chair and the Director of the Staglin Music Festival Center for Brain & Behavioral Health.


A selected list of publications:

Zelikowsky Moriel, Pham Daniel L, Fanselow Michael S   Temporal factors control hippocampal contributions to fear renewal after extinction Hippocampus, 2012; 22(5): 1096-106.
Zelikowsky Moriel, Bissiere Stephanie, Fanselow Michael S   Contextual fear memories formed in the absence of the dorsal hippocampus decay across time The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2012; 32(10): 3393-7.
Nakashiba Toshiaki, Cushman Jesse D, Pelkey Kenneth A, Renaudineau Sophie, Buhl Derek L, McHugh Thomas J, Rodriguez Barrera Vanessa, Chittajallu Ramesh, Iwamoto Keisuke S, McBain Chris J, Fanselow Michael S, Tonegawa Susumu   Young dentate granule cells mediate pattern separation, whereas old granule cells facilitate pattern completion Cell, 2012; 149(1): 188-201.
Reger Maxine L, Poulos Andrew M, Buen Floyd, Giza Christopher C, Hovda David A, Fanselow Michael S   Concussive brain injury enhances fear learning and excitatory processes in the amygdala Biological psychiatry, 2012; 71(4): 335-43.
Eadie Brennan D, Cushman Jesse, Kannangara Timal S, Fanselow Michael S, Christie Brian R   NMDA receptor hypofunction in the dentate gyrus and impaired context discrimination in adult Fmr1 knockout mice Hippocampus, 2012; 22(2): 241-54.
Cushman Jesse D, Maldonado Jose, Kwon Eunice E, Garcia A Denise, Fan Guoping, Imura Tetsuya, Sofroniew Michael V, Fanselow Michael S   Juvenile neurogenesis makes essential contributions to adult brain structure and plays a sex-dependent role in fear memories Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2012; 6(2): 3.
Halladay Lindsay R, Zelikowsky Moriel, Blair Hugh T, Fanselow Michael S   Reinstatement of extinguished fear by an unextinguished conditional stimulus Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2012; 6(2): 18.
Long Virginia A, Fanselow Michael S   Stress-enhanced fear learning in rats is resistant to the effects of immediate massed extinction Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2012; 22(2): .
Cushman Jesse D, Moore Melissa D, Jacobs Nate S, Olsen Richard W, Fanselow Michael S   Behavioral pharmacogenetic analysis on the role of the α4 GABA(A) receptor subunit in the ethanol-mediated impairment of hippocampus-dependent contextual learning Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research, 2011; 35(11): 1948-59.
Rau Vinuta, Oh Irene, Liao Mark, Bodarky Christina, Fanselow Michael S, Homanics Gregg E, Sonner James M, Eger Edmond I   Gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor β3 subunit forebrain-specific knockout mice are resistant to the amnestic effect of isoflurane Anesthesia and analgesia, 2011; 113(3): 500-4.
Krasne Franklin B, Fanselow Michael S, Zelikowsky Moriel   Design of a neurally plausible model of fear learning Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2011; 5(6013): 41.
Bissiere Stephanie, Zelikowsky Moriel, Ponnusamy Ravikumar, Jacobs Nathan S, Blair Hugh T, Fanselow Michael S   Electrical synapses control hippocampal contributions to fear learning and memory Science (New York, N.Y.), 2011; 331(6013): 87-91.
Wiltgen Brian J, Royle Gordon A, Gray Erin E, Abdipranoto Andrea, Thangthaeng Nopporn, Jacobs Nate, Saab Faysal, Tonegawa Susumu, Heinemann Stephen F, O’Dell Thomas J, Fanselow Michael S, Vissel Bryce   A role for calcium-permeable AMPA receptors in synaptic plasticity and learning PloS one, 2010; 5(9): .
Haubensak Wulf, Kunwar Prabhat S, Cai Haijiang, Ciocchi Stephane, Wall Nicholas R, Ponnusamy Ravikumar, Biag Jonathan, Dong Hong-Wei, Deisseroth Karl, Callaway Edward M, Fanselow Michael S, Lüthi Andreas, Anderson David J   Genetic dissection of an amygdala microcircuit that gates conditioned fear Nature, 2010; 468(7321): 270-6.
Cibelli Mario, Fidalgo Antonio Rei, Terrando Niccolò, Ma Daqing, Monaco Claudia, Feldmann Marc, Takata Masao, Lever Isobel J, Nanchahal Jagdeep, Fanselow Michael S, Maze Mervyn   Role of interleukin-1beta in postoperative cognitive dysfunction Annals of neurology, 2010; 68(3): 360-8.
Poulos Andrew M, Ponnusamy Ravikumar, Dong Hong-Wei, Fanselow Michael S   Compensation in the neural circuitry of fear conditioning awakens learning circuits in the bed nuclei of the stria terminalis Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2010; 107(33): 14881-6.
Zelikowsky Moriel, Fanselow Michael S   Opioid regulation of Pavlovian overshadowing in fear conditioning Behavioral neuroscience, 2010; 124(4): 510-9.
Jacobs Nathan S, Cushman Jesse D, Fanselow Michael S   The accurate measurement of fear memory in Pavlovian conditioning: Resolving the baseline issue Journal of neuroscience methods, 2010; 190(2): 235-9.
Ponomarev Igor, Rau Vinuta, Eger Edmond I, Harris R Adron, Fanselow Michael S   Amygdala transcriptome and cellular mechanisms underlying stress-enhanced fear learning in a rat model of posttraumatic stress disorder Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2010; 35(6): 1402-11.
Fanselow Michael S, Dong Hong-Wei   Are the dorsal and ventral hippocampus functionally distinct structures? Neuron, 2010; 65(1): 7-19.
Fanselow Michael S   From contextual fear to a dynamic view of memory systems Trends in cognitive sciences, 2010; 14(1): 7-15.
Rau Vinuta, Iyer Sangeetha V, Oh Irene, Chandra Dev, Harrison Neil, Eger Edmond I, Fanselow Michael S, Homanics Gregg E, Sonner James M   Gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor alpha 4 subunit knockout mice are resistant to the amnestic effect of isoflurane Anesthesia and analgesia, 2009; 109(6): 1816-22.
Dong Hong-Wei, Swanson Larry W, Chen Lin, Fanselow Michael S, Toga Arthur W   Genomic-anatomic evidence for distinct functional domains in hippocampal field CA1 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2009; 106(28): 11794-9.
Bryant Camron D, Roberts Kristofer W, Culbertson Christopher S, Le Alan, Evans Christopher J, Fanselow Michael S   Pavlovian conditioning of multiple opioid-like responses in mice Drug and alcohol dependence, 2009; 103(1-2): 74-83.
Poulos Andrew M, Li Veronica, Sterlace Sarah S, Tokushige Fonda, Ponnusamy Ravikumar, Fanselow Michael S   Persistence of fear memory across time requires the basolateral amygdala complex Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2009; 106(28): 11737-41.
Quinn Jennifer J, Wied Heather M, Liu Dorothy, Fanselow Michael S   Post-training excitotoxic lesions of the dorsal hippocampus attenuate generalization in auditory delay fear conditioning The European journal of neuroscience, 2009; 29(8): 1692-700.
Rau Vinuta, Fanselow Michael S   Exposure to a stressor produces a long lasting enhancement of fear learning in rats Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2009; 12(2): 125-33.
Rau Vinuta, Oh Irene, Laster Michael, Eger Edmond I, Fanselow Michael S   Isoflurane suppresses stress-enhanced fear learning in a rodent model of post-traumatic stress disorder Anesthesiology, 2009; 110(3): 487-95.
Wiltgen Brian J, Godsil Bill P, Peng Zechun, Saab Faysal, June Harry L, Linn Michael L Van, Cook James M, Houser Carolyn R, O’Dell Tom J, Homanics Gregg E, Fanselow Michael S   The alpha1 subunit of the GABA(A) receptor modulates fear learning and plasticity in the lateral amygdala Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2009; 3(2): 37.
Bryant Camron D, Zhang Nanci N, Sokoloff Greta, Fanselow Michael S, Ennes Helena S, Palmer Abraham A, McRoberts James A   Behavioral differences among C57BL/6 substrains: implications for transgenic and knockout studies Journal of neurogenetics, 2008; 22(4): 315-31.
Quinn Jennifer J, Wied Heather M, Ma Quang D, Tinsley Matthew R, Fanselow Michael S   Dorsal hippocampus involvement in delay fear conditioning depends upon the strength of the tone-footshock association Hippocampus, 2008; 18(7): 640-54.
Quinn Jennifer J, Ma Quang D, Tinsley Matthew R, Koch Christof, Fanselow Michael S   Inverse temporal contributions of the dorsal hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex to the expression of long-term fear memories Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), 2008; 15(5): 368-72.
Matynia Anna, Anagnostaras Stephan G, Wiltgen Brian J, Lacuesta Maress, Fanselow Michael S, Silva Alcino J   A high through-put reverse genetic screen identifies two genes involved in remote memory in mice PloS one, 2008; 3(5): e2121.
Hunt Pamela S, Fanselow Michael S, Richardson Rick, Mauk Michael D, Freeman John H, Stanton Mark E   Synapses, circuits, and the ontogeny of learning Developmental psychobiology, 2007; 49(7): 649-63.
McHugh Thomas J, Jones Matthew W, Quinn Jennifer J, Balthasar Nina, Coppari Roberto, Elmquist Joel K, Lowell Bradford B, Fanselow Michael S, Wilson Matthew A, Tonegawa Susumu   Dentate gyrus NMDA receptors mediate rapid pattern separation in the hippocampal network Science (New York, N.Y.), 2007; 317(5834): 94-9.
de Oca Beatrice M, Minor Thomas R, Fanselow Michael S   Brief flight to a familiar enclosure in response to a conditional stimulus in rats The Journal of general psychology, 2007; 134(2): 153-72.
Sonner James M, Werner David F, Elsen Frank P, Xing Yilei, Liao Mark, Harris R Adron, Harrison Neil L, Fanselow Michael S, Eger Edmond I, Homanics Gregg E   Effect of isoflurane and other potent inhaled anesthetics on minimum alveolar concentration, learning, and the righting reflex in mice engineered to express alpha1 gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptors unresponsive to isoflurane Anesthesiology, 2007; 106(1): 107-13.
Blaeser Frank, Sanders Matthew J, Truong Nga, Ko Shanelle, Wu Long Jun, Wozniak David F, Fanselow Michael S, Zhuo Min, Chatila Talal A   Long-term memory deficits in Pavlovian fear conditioning in Ca2+/calmodulin kinase kinase alpha-deficient mice Molecular and cellular biology, 2006; 26(23): 9105-15.
Bryant Camron D, Roberts Kristofer W, Byun Janet S, Fanselow Michael S, Evans Christopher J   Morphine analgesic tolerance in 129P3/J and 129S6/SvEv mice Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 2006; 85(4): 769-79.
Landeira-Fernandez J, DeCola Joseph P, Kim Jeansok J, Fanselow Michael S   Immediate shock deficit in fear conditioning: effects of shock manipulations Behavioral neuroscience, 2006; 120(4): 873-9.
Bryant Camron D, Eitan Shoshana, Sinchak Kevin, Fanselow Michael S, Evans Christopher J   NMDA receptor antagonism disrupts the development of morphine analgesic tolerance in male, but not female C57BL/6J mice American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, 2006; 291(2): R315-26.
Wiltgen Brian J, Sanders Matthew J, Anagnostaras Stephan G, Sage Jennifer R, Fanselow Michael S   Context fear learning in the absence of the hippocampus The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2006; 26(20): 5484-91.
Godsil Bill P, Stefanacci Lisa, Fanselow Michael S   Bright light suppresses hyperactivity induced by excitotoxic dorsal hippocampus lesions in the rat Behavioral neuroscience, 2005; 119(5): 1339-52.
Schwetz Ines, McRoberts James A, Coutinho Santosh V, Bradesi Sylvie, Gale Greg, Fanselow Michael, Million Mulugeta, Ohning Gordon, Taché Yvette, Plotsky Paul M, Mayer Emeran A   Corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 1 mediates acute and delayed stress-induced visceral hyperalgesia in maternally separated Long-Evans rats American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology, 2005; 289(4): G704-12.
Chowdhury Najwa, Quinn Jennifer J, Fanselow Michael S   Dorsal hippocampus involvement in trace fear conditioning with long, but not short, trace intervals in mice Behavioral neuroscience, 2005; 119(5): 1396-402.
Sonner James M, Cascio Mike, Xing Yilei, Fanselow Michael S, Kralic Jason E, Morrow A Leslie, Korpi Esa R, Hardy Steven, Sloat Brian, Eger Edmond I, Homanics Gregg E   Alpha 1 subunit-containing GABA type A receptors in forebrain contribute to the effect of inhaled anesthetics on conditioned fear Molecular pharmacology, 2005; 68(1): 61-8.
Sanders Matthew J, Kieffer Brigitte L, Fanselow Michael S   Deletion of the mu opioid receptor results in impaired acquisition of Pavlovian context fear Neurobiology of learning and memory, 2005; 84(1): 33-41.
Bradesi Sylvie, Schwetz Ines, Ennes Helena S, Lamy Christophe M R, Ohning Gordon, Fanselow Michael, Pothoulakis Charalabos, McRoberts James A, Mayer Emeran A   Repeated exposure to water avoidance stress in rats: a new model for sustained visceral hyperalgesia American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology, 2005; 289(1): G42-53.
Sonner James M, Vissel Bryce, Royle Gordon, Maurer Anya, Gong Diane, Baron Nicole V, Harrison Neil, Fanselow Michael, Eger Edmond I   The effect of three inhaled anesthetics in mice harboring mutations in the GluR6 (kainate) receptor gene Anesthesia and analgesia, 2005; 101(1): 143-8, table of contents.
Fendt Markus, Fanselow Michael S, Koch Michael   Lesions of the dorsal hippocampus block trace fear conditioned potentiation of startle Behavioral neuroscience, 2005; 119(3): 834-8.
Sonner James M, Xing Yilei, Zhang Yi, Maurer Anya, Fanselow Michael S, Dutton Robert C, Eger Edmond I   Administration of epinephrine does not increase learning of fear to tone in rats anesthetized with isoflurane or desflurane Anesthesia and analgesia, 2005; 100(5): 1333-7, table of contents.
de Oca Beatrice M, Fanselow Michael S   Amygdala and periaqueductal gray lesions only partially attenuate unconditional defensive responses in rats exposed to a cat Integrative physiological and behavioral science : the official journal of the Pavlovian Society, 2005; 39(4): 318-33.
Quinn Jennifer J, Loya Fred, Ma Quang D, Fanselow Michael S   Dorsal hippocampus NMDA receptors differentially mediate trace and contextual fear conditioning Hippocampus, 2005; 15(5): 665-74.
Rau Vinuta, DeCola Joseph P, Fanselow Michael S   Stress-induced enhancement of fear learning: an animal model of posttraumatic stress disorder Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2005; 29(8): 1207-23.
Fanselow Michael S, Poulos Andrew M   The neuroscience of mammalian associative learning Annual review of psychology, 2005; 56(3): 207-34.
Wiltgen Brian J, Sanders Matthew J, Ferguson Carolyn, Homanics Gregg E, Fanselow Michael S   Trace fear conditioning is enhanced in mice lacking the delta subunit of the GABAA receptor Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), 2005; 12(3): 327-33.
Godsil Bill P, Fanselow Michael S   Light stimulus change evokes an activity response in the rat Learning & behavior : a Psychonomic Society publication, 2004; 32(3): 299-310.
Gale Greg D, Anagnostaras Stephan G, Godsil Bill P, Mitchell Shawn, Nozawa Takashi, Sage Jennifer R, Wiltgen Brian, Fanselow Michael S   Role of the basolateral amygdala in the storage of fear memories across the adult lifetime of rats The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2004; 24(15): 3810-5.
Stote Deborah L, Fanselow Michael S   NMDA receptor modulation of incidental learning in Pavlovian context conditioning Behavioral neuroscience, 2004; 118(1): 253-7.
Tinsley Matthew R, Quinn Jennifer J, Fanselow Michael S   The role of muscarinic and nicotinic cholinergic neurotransmission in aversive conditioning: comparing pavlovian fear conditioning and inhibitory avoidance Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), 2004; 11(1): 35-42.
Mayer Emeran A, Fanselow Michael S   Dissecting the components of the central response to stress Nature neuroscience, 2003; 6(10): 1011-2.
Meffert Mollie K, Chang Jolene M, Wiltgen Brian J, Fanselow Michael S, Baltimore David   NF-kappa B functions in synaptic signaling and behavior Nature neuroscience, 2003; 6(10): 1072-8.
Han C J, O’Tuathaigh Colm M, van Trigt Laurent, Quinn Jennifer J, Fanselow Michael S, Mongeau Raymond, Koch Christof, Anderson David J   Trace but not delay fear conditioning requires attention and the anterior cingulate cortex Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2003; 100(22): 13087-92.
Sanders Matthew J, Fanselow Michael S   Pre-training prevents context fear conditioning deficits produced by hippocampal NMDA receptor blockade Neurobiology of learning and memory, 2003; 80(2): 123-9.
Eger Edmond I, Xing Yilei, Pearce Robert, Shafer Steven, Laster Michael J, Zhang Yi, Fanselow Michael S, Sonner James M   Isoflurane antagonizes the capacity of flurothyl or 1,2-dichlorohexafluorocyclobutane to impair fear conditioning to context and tone Anesthesia and analgesia, 2003; 96(4): 1010-8, table of contents.
Fanselow Michael S, Gale Greg D   The amygdala, fear, and memory Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2003; 985(4): 125-34.
Sanders Matthew J, Wiltgen Brian J, Fanselow Michael S   The place of the hippocampus in fear conditioning European journal of pharmacology, 2003; 463(1-3): 217-23.
González Felisa, Quinn Jennifer J, Fanselow Michael S   Differential effects of adding and removing components of a context on the generalization of conditional freezing Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2003; 29(1): 78-83.
Dutton Robert C, Maurer Anya J, Sonner James M, Fanselow Michael S, Laster Michael J, Eger Edmond I   Isoflurane causes anterograde but not retrograde amnesia for pavlovian fear conditioning Anesthesiology, 2002; 96(5): 1223-9.
Quinn Jennifer J, Oommen Santosh S, Morrison Glenn E, Fanselow Michael S   Post-training excitotoxic lesions of the dorsal hippocampus attenuate forward trace, backward trace, and delay fear conditioning in a temporally specific manner Hippocampus, 2002; 12(4): 495-504.
Dutton Robert C, Maurer Anya J, Sonner James M, Fanselow Michael S, Laster Michael J, Eger Edmond I   Short-term memory resists the depressant effect of the nonimmobilizer 1-2-dichlorohexafluorocyclobutane (2N) more than long-term memory Anesthesia and analgesia, 2002; 94(3): 631-9; table of contents.
Anagnostaras Stephan G, Gale Greg D, Fanselow Michael S   The hippocampus and Pavlovian fear conditioning: reply to Bast et al Hippocampus, 2002; 12(4): 561-5.