Meenakshi Alreja PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology; Director, Minority Recruitment, Psychiatry Department; Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, Psychiatry Department

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiologyDiscovery to Cure Internship | Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center

Research Interests

Prefrontal cortex; Interneurons; Nicotine; Acetylcholine; Electrophysiology; GABA; glutamate; Hypocretin; MCH; Learning and Memory; Neurotransmitters; Signal Transduction; GnRH; Puberty; Fertility; HPG axis; Kisspeptin


  • Ph.D., Delhi University , 1987

Selected Publication

  • Wu M, Dumalska I, Morozova E, van den Pol A and Alreja M Melanin-concentrating hormone directly inhibits GnRH neurons and blocks kisspeptin activation: link between energy balance and reproduction. PNAS 106(40):17217-22. 2009.
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