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Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)

William Giardino

Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)
Dr. Giardino earned a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University. He completed postdoctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine and was promoted to Instructor before launching his independent laboratory as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Giardino’s research program is funded by an NIH/NIAAA K99/R00 grant that aims to uncover the neurobiological mechanisms driving maladaptive changes in stress reactivity and sleep/wake architecture that facilitate alcohol addiction. He previously received F31 and F32 NIH NRSA fellowships to fund predoctoral and postdoctoral training on the neurocircuit basis of peptide signaling molecules in stress and addiction, and authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications on this topic. Dr. Giardino serves as an academic and research mentor for numerous undergraduate, graduate level, and postdoctoral trainees, and is an active participant in professional organizations including the Society for Neuroscience, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Research Society on Alcoholism, the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society, the Sleep Research Society, and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

The Giardino Laboratory aims to decipher the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions of stress, addiction, and sleep disturbances. Our work uses genetic, pharmacological, physiological, anatomical, optical, and computational approaches in freely-behaving mice to monitor, manipulate, and map the neural circuits, synapses, and signaling mechanisms that drive approach/avoidance behaviors, drug-seeking, food intake, social interactions, and sleep/wake arousal states.


PhD, Oregon Health and Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience (2013)
BS, University of Washington, Psychology (2008)