Irina V. Zhdanova, MD, PhD

Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Irina Zhdanova
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


Research is focused on the role of the circadian system and sleep on the effects of drugs of abuse, aging, individual and social behavior, using non-human primates and zebrafish as models, within systems neuroscience approach.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


  • First Leningrad Medical Institute, MD
  • Institute of Experimental Medicine, PhD


  • Published on 11/3/2017

    Riley E, Maymi V, Pawlyszyn S, Yu L, Zhdanova IV. Prenatal cocaine exposure disrupts the dopaminergic system and its postnatal responses to cocaine. Genes Brain Behav. 2017 Nov 03. PMID: 29105298.

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  • Published on 10/26/2017

    Stankiewicz AJ, McGowan EM, Yu L, Zhdanova IV. Impaired Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Neurogenesis in Diet-Induced Premature Aging. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Oct 26; 18(11). PMID: 29072584.

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  • Published on 4/10/2017

    Kacprzak V, Patel NA, Riley E, Yu L, Yeh JJ, Zhdanova IV. Dopaminergic control of anxiety in young and aged zebrafish. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2017 Jun; 157:1-8. PMID: 28408289.

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  • Published on 1/13/2017

    Akle V, Stankiewicz AJ, Kharchenko V, Yu L, Kharchenko PV, Zhdanova IV. Circadian Kinetics of Cell Cycle Progression in Adult Neurogenic Niches of a Diurnal Vertebrate. J Neurosci. 2017 Feb 15; 37(7):1900-1909. PMID: 28087763.

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  • Published on 12/15/2016

    Alowolodu O, Johnson G, Alashwal L, Addou I, Zhdanova IV, Uversky VN. Intrinsic disorder in spondins and some of their interacting partners. Intrinsically Disord Proteins. 2016; 4(1):e1255295. PMID: 28232900.

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  • Published on 8/25/2015

    Riley E, Kopotiyenko K, Zhdanova I. Prenatal and acute cocaine exposure affects neural responses and habituation to visual stimuli. Front Neural Circuits. 2015; 9:41. PMID: 26379509.

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  • Published on 5/1/2015

    Zhdanova IV, Rogers J, González-Martínez J, Farrer LA. The ticking clock of Cayo Santiago macaques and its implications for understanding human circadian rhythm disorders. Am J Primatol. 2016 Jan; 78(1):117-26. PMID: 25940511.

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  • Published on 12/3/2013

    Hartsough EJ, Meyer RD, Chitalia V, Jiang Y, Marquez VE, Zhdanova IV, Weinberg J, Costello CE, Rahimi N. Lysine methylation promotes VEGFR-2 activation and angiogenesis. Sci Signal. 2013 Dec 3; 6(304):ra104. PMID: 24300896.

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  • Published on 6/29/2012

    Akle V, Guelin E, Yu L, Brassard-Giordano H, Slack BE, Zhdanova IV. F-spondin/spon1b expression patterns in developing and adult zebrafish. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e37593. PMID: 22768035.

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  • Published on 3/8/2012

    Zhdanova IV, Masuda K, Bozhokin SV, Rosene DL, González-Martínez J, Schettler S, Samorodnitsky E. Familial circadian rhythm disorder in the diurnal primate, Macaca mulatta. PLoS One. 2012; 7(3):e33327. PMID: 22413014.

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