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Dr Emma Cahill

Dr Emma Cahill

Research Associate, Dept. of Psychology and BCNI

Director of Studies in Psychology, Wolfson College

Teaching Associate in Neurobiology Bye-Fellow, Downing College

Office Phone: (3)33550 Reception


My research interests are closely linked to the neurobiology of learning and memory. Previously, I have participated in research on spatial, object, appetitive and aversive memories in a number of institutes including Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Universite Paris Sud and Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (France). In particular I study the role of neurotransmitter receptors and the signalling cascades that are triggered for memories to be formed and persist using molecular and cellular biology alongside behavioural testing of rodents.

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

Neuronal signalling complexes, GPCR oligomers, Dopamine and Glutamate interactions, learning and memory, drug addiction


Key Publications

Cahill E, Pascoli V, Trifilieff P, Lüscher C, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P “D1R/GluN1 complexes in the striatum integrate dopamine and glutamate signalling to control synaptic plasticity and cocaine-induced responses”. Molecular Psychiatry, 2014, Dec; 19(12):1295-304. doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.73.
Pascoli V, Cahill E, Bellivier F, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P “Extracellular Signal-Regulated Protein Kinases 1 and 2 Activation by Addictive Drugs: A Signal Toward Pathological Adaptation.” (Review) Biological Psychiatry, 2014, Dec 15;76(12):917-26. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.04.005.
Cahill E, Salery M, Vanhoutte P, Caboche J “Convergence of dopamine and glutamate signaling onto striatal ERK activation in response to drugs of abuse.” (Review) Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2014 Jan 8;4:172. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2013.00172.
Roze E, Cahill E, Martin E, Bonnet C, Vanhoutte P, Betuing S, Caboche J “Huntington’s disease and striatal signaling” (Review) Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 2011, Aug 5:55. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2011.00055.
Larkin A, Fahey B, Gobbo O, Callaghan CK, Cahill E, O'Mara SM, Kelly AM “Blockade of NMDA receptors pre-training, but not post-training, impairs object displacement learning in the rat” Brain Research, 2008, Mar 14;1199:126-32. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2008.01.019.