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Office of Fellowship Training (OFT)

Welcome to the Office of Fellowship Training

OFT Mission

The mission of the Office of Fellowship Training is:

  • To support and promote a productive and fulfilling research training experience in the NIMH Intramural Research Program
  • To encourage career planning and guide career management through trainee use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
  • To provide programs and services to assist trainees in discovering and clarifying career choices
  • To provide opportunities and to encourage trainees to build a professional skill set which enables them to become world leaders in academic and non-academic careers

Fellow Highlight

Eugene Dimitrov, MD, PhD.

Eugene Dimitrov, MD, PhD.

My research interests are focused on the interdigitation of stress and pain pathways. I use a systemic approach to examine the contribution of subsets of GABAergic neurons in amygdala that co-express different neuropeptides to the generation of affective disorders. I use transgenic mice lines and technologies such as viral vectors and pharmacogenetics to discover and describe the function of various neurotransmitter systems and their role in the mechanism of pain associated mood disorders.

The postdoctoral training I received in NIMH gave me an extensive experience with a variety of methods and techniques pertinent to neuroscience research. My position as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Usdin’s laboratory expanded my scientific expertise by introducing me to different molecular biology techniques, the work with genetically modified animals and other highly novel and innovative methodologies. The breadth and intensity of the scientific projects in Dr. Usdin’s laboratory allowed me to participate in the preparation of eight papers covering somewhat different topics, including neuroendocrinology, neuroanatomy, thermoregulation and nociception. NIMH appointed me as a research fellow after the conclusion of my five years postdoctoral training. During my training I also took the “Grant Writer Workshop” directed by Dr. Morrison. The grant writing skills that I learned in the course and the opportunity to work in the exceptionally well equipped lab of Dr. Usdin helped me to collect ample and pertinent preliminary data that I used for writing my first R01 grant application which has been funded.

I have recently transitioned to an assistant professor position in the department of physiology and biophysics, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois in 2014.


Dimitrov E., Tsuda,M. and Usdin T. B.  Anxiety- And Depression-Like Behavior and Impaired Neurogenesis Evoked by Peripheral Neuropathy Persist Following Resolution of Prolonged Tactile Hypersensitivity, (2014) J Neuroscience, 10;34(37):12304-12

Dimitrov E. L., Kuo J., Kohno K. and Usdin T. B. Tuberoinfundibular Peptide of 39
Residues Control of Norepinephrine Release in Chronic and Inflammatory Pain, (2013)
PNAS, 110(32):13156-61

Dimitrov E. L., Yanagawa, Y. and Usdin T. B. Forebrain GABAergic Projections to
Locus Ceruleus in Mouse, (2013) J Comp Neurology, 521 (10):2373

Dimitrov E., Petrus E. and Usdin T. B. Tuberoinfundibular Peptide of 39 residues
(TIP39) Signaling Modulates Acute and Tonic Nociception, (2010) Exp Neurology, 226: 68-83

Dobolyi A., Dimitrov E., Palkovits M. and Usdin T.B. The Neuroendocrine Functions of the Parathyroid  Hormone 2 Receptor, (2012) Front Endocrinol (Lausanne),

Gao J. L., Schneider E. H., Dimitrov E. L., Haun  F., Pham T. M., Mohammed A. H., Usdin T. B. and Murphy P.M. Reduced Fear Memory  and Anxiety-like  Behavior in Mice Lacking Formylpeptide Receptor 1,(2011) Behav Genetics, 41(5):724-733

Dimitrov E., Kim Y. and Usdin T. Regulation of Hypothalamic Signaling by Tuberoinfundibular Peptide of 39 Residues Is Critical for the Response to Cold: A Novel Peptidergic Mechanism of Thermoregulation, (2011) J Neuroscience, 31(49):18166-11179

Dimitrov E. and Usdin T. B. Tuberoinjundibular Peptide of 39 Residues Modulates the Mouse Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Via Paraventricular Glutamatergic Neurons, (2010) JCamp Neurology, 518(21): 4375-4395

Dimitrov* E., Bag6* A. G., Saunders R., Seress L., Palkovits M., Usdin T. B. and Dobolyi A. Parathyroid  Hormone  2 Receptor and Its Endogenous Ligand Tuberoinjundibular Peptide of 39 Residues are Concentrated in Endocrine, Viscerosecretory and Auditory  Brain Regions in Macaque and Human, (2009) Neuroscience, 162:128-147

Dimitrov E. L., DeJoseph M. R., Brownfield M. S. and Urban J. H. Involvement of Neuropeptide Y Y1 Receptors in the Regulation of Neuroendocrine Corticotropin­ Releasing Hormone Neuronal Activity, (2007) Endocrinology,148(8): 3666 -3673

OFT Events

For a list of our events, see the OFT calendar .