Angela Ozburn, Ph.D.


Research Biologist, Research and Development, VA Portland Health Care System


Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University


2000                      B.S. Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin


2002                      B.S. Neurobiology, University of Texas at Austin


2004-2009             Ph.D. Institute for Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin

                               Advisors: Drs. Adron Harris and Yuri Blednov


2009-2014              Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

                               University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2009-2011)

                               University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2011-2014)

                               Advisor: Dr. Colleen McClung


Honors and Awards
  • American Chemical Society Friends of Chemistry Regents Fellowship (1999)

  • American Association for Advancement of Science: Program for Excellence Award (2005)

  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Travel Scholarship for National Conference (2005, 2007)

  • Sanofi/Aventis Travel Awardee, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Conference (2007)

  • Research Society on Alcoholism Merit Award (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

  • NIH NIAAA F31 Pre-Doctoral Individual National Research Service Award  (2006-2009)

  • Jones and Bruce Graduate Fellowship in Addiction Biology (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

  • University of Texas Institute for Neuroscience Academic Merit Fellowship (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

  • International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism -NIAAA Travel Awardee (2006, 2010, 2012)

  • Genes, Brain, and Behavior: International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society -NIAAA Travel Awardee (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)

  • NIH NIDA T32 Post-Doctoral Institutional National Research Service Award: Basic Science Training Program in Drug Abuse (2009-2011)

  • Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Excellence Award (2010)

  • Research Society on Alcoholism Junior Investigator Award (2010, 2012)

  • NIH NIAAA F32 Post-Doctoral Individual National Research Service Award  (2011-2013)

  • International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism - President’s Young Investigator Award (2012)

  • Brain and Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award (2013)

  • Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship - Alcohol & the Nervous System Gordon Research Conference (2014)

  • OHSU Andrews Genomics Scholar (2014)

  • Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute Scholar (2014)

  • Genes, Brain, and Behavior: International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society Young Investigator Travel Award (2015)

  • NIH Early Career Reviewer Program (2017-2018)

  • NIDA Avenir Award Program for Genetics and Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders (DP1) Selected for Phase II review (2019)

  • Elected Associate Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2019)

  • Selected for participation in the Center for Underrepresented Research in Addiction (CURA) 2020 class. CURA is a NIDA supported program that promotes the advancement of underrepresented independent researchers in drug addiction research.


2014 Andrews Genomics Scholar                   Ozburn                       June 15, 2014 

OHSU Foundation, Andrews Fund

The goal of this award is to provide financial support via the Andrews Fund at OHSU. These funds enable the development of my independent research program as a faculty member of the Department of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University and Research Biologist at the Portland VA Medical Center.


IK2 BX002488                                                   Ozburn (PI)                 October 1, 2014 – March 31, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs - Career Development Award 2

Altering Nucleus Accumbens Activity: Effect on Alcohol Behaviors and Transcriptome. The goal of this project is to identify how altering specific brain activity can alter alcohol-related behaviors and identify transcriptional mechanisms that underlie lasting reductions in binge- and relapse-like alcohol drinking. 


U01 AA10760                                                     Ozburn (PI)                 February 1, 2017 – January 31, 2022

NIH Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism

Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Binge Drinking: HDID mice. The goal of this project is to develop and characterize therapies to reduce binge drinking. Role: CoI

R03 AA026997                                                  Ozburn (PI)                  August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2020

Role of BK Channels Across Alcohol Behaviors. 

The goal of this proposal is to determine whether the BK channel is a major contributor to different alcohol-related behaviors by testing if a mouse harboring an ethanol-insensitive version of this channel exhibits reduced behavioral responses to ethanol. 

Current Outreach and Mentoring Activities
  • Mentor, OHSU Equity Summer Program

  • Mentor, Saturday Academy: Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering

  • Mentor, Portland VA Research Foundation Summer Fellowship Program

  • Volunteer, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

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