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Denis Matrov

Denis Matrov, PhD
Staff Scientist
M.Sc., Ph.D. Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia
+1 301 451 9219

Denis Matrov received all his tertiary degrees in psychology from the University of Tartu in Estonia. His doctoral studies were done in the lab of professor Jaanus Harro. There he studied brain oxidative metabolism in rodent models of anxiety and mood disorders. During his post-doctoral studies Denis has worked in the labs of professors Jon Kaas (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA), Miguel Nicolelis (Natal, Brazil), and Tadashi Isa (Kyoto University, Japan).

Denis joined the Chudasama lab at NIMH in January 2021 as staff scientist. His primary research interests are organization of behavior and neural circuitry in common marmoset. Denis is using various research methods to uncover the links between the brain organization and behavior such as behavioral testing, brain imaging, viral tract-tracing, and optogenetics. In his free time Denis goes for long walks, listens to economics podcasts, enjoys music and world cinema. He procrastinates by playing chess on the internet.

Peer Reviewed Papers

Chen, C. Y., Matrov, D., Veale, R., Onoe, H., Yoshida, M., Miura, K., Isa, T. (2021). Properties of visually guided saccadic behavior and bottom-up attention in marmoset, macaque, and human . Journal of Neurophysiology 125, 437-457.

Matrov, D., Imbeault, S., Kanarik, M., Shkolnaya, M., Schikorra, P., Miljan, E., Shimmo, R., Harro, J. (2020). Comprehensive mapping of cytochrome c oxidase activity in the rat brain after subchronic ketamine administration . Acta Histochemica 122, 151531.

Matrov, D., Kaart, T., Lanfumey, L., Maldonado, R., Sharp, T., Tordera, R. M., Kelly, P. A., Deakin, B., Harro, J. (2019). Cerebral oxidative metabolism mapping in four genetic mouse models of anxiety and mood disorders . Behavioural Brain Research 356, 435-443.

Baldwin, M. K. L., Young, N., Matrov, D., Kaas J. H. (2019). Cortical projections to the superior colliculus in gray squirrels (Sciurus Carolinensis ). European Journal of Neuroscience 49, 1008-1023.

Matrov, D., Kõiv, K., Kanarik, M., Peet, K., Raudkivi, K., Harro, J. (2016). Rats with middle range exploratory activity have higher resilience to chronic social defeat . Acta Neuropsychiatrica 28, 125-140.

Sawyer, E. K., Liao, C.-C., Qi, H.-X., Balaram, P., Matrov, D., Kaas, J.H. (2015). Subcortical barrelette-like and barreloid-like structures in the prosimian galago (Otolemur garnetti. PNAS 112, 7079-7084.

Harro, J., Kanarik, M., Kaart, T., Matrov, D., Kõiv, K., Mällo, T., Ramirez, M. J., Del Río, J., & Tordera, R. (2014). Revealing the cerebral regions and networks mediating vulnerability to depression: Oxidative metabolism mapping of rat brain . Behavioural Brain Research 267, 83-94.

Harro, J., Kanarik, M., Matrov, D., & Panksepp, J. (2011). Mapping patterns of depression-related brain regions with cytochrome oxidase histochemistry: Relevance of animal affective systems to human disorders, with a focus on resilience to adverse events . Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 35, 1876-1889.

Matrov, D., Vonk, A., Herm, L., Rinken, A., & Harro, J. (2011). Activating effects of chronic variable stress in rats with different exploratory activity: Association with dopamine D1 receptor function in nucleus accumbens . Neuropsychobiology 64, 110–122.

Kanarik, M., Alttoa, A., Matrov, D., Kõiv, K., Sharp, T., Panksepp, J., Harro, J. (2011). Brain responses to chronic social defeat stress: Effects on regional oxidative metabolism as a function of a hedonic trait, and gene expression in susceptible and resilient rats . European Neuropsychopharmacology 21, 92-107.

Mällo, T., Matrov, D., Kõiv, K., Harro, J. (2009). Effect of chronic stress on behavior and cerebral oxidative metabolism in rats with high or low positive affect . Neuroscience 164, 963-974.

Garcia-Garcia, A. L., Elizalde, N., Matrov, D., Harro, J., Wojcik, S. M., Venzala, E., Ramírez, M. J., Del Rio, J., Tordera, R. M. (2009). Increased vulnerability to depressive-like behavior of mice with decreased expression of VGLUT1 . Biological Psychiatry 66, 275-282.

Kanarik, M., Matrov, D., Kõiv, K., Eller, M., Tõnissaar, M., Harro, J. (2008). Changes in regional long-term oxidative metabolism induced by partial serotonergic denervation and chronic variable stress in rat brain . Neurochemistry International 52, 432-437.

Mällo, T., Matrov, D., Herm, L., Kõiv, K., Eller, M., Rinken, A., Harro, J. (2007). Tickling-induced 50-kHz ultrasonic vocalization is individually stable and predicts behaviour in tests of anxiety and depression in rats . Behavioural Brain Research 184, 57-71.

Matrov, D., Kolts, I., Harro, J. (2007). Cerebral oxidative metabolism in rats with high and low exploratory activity . Neuroscience Letters 413,154-158.

Kutsar, D., Harro, M., Tiit, E.-M., Matrov, D. (2004) Children's welfare in Estonia from different perspectives . In A.-M. Jensen, A. B. Arieh, C. Conti, D. Kutsar, M. N. Phadraig, & H. W. Nielsen (Eds.), Children in Ageing Europe (Vol. 1, pp. 81-141). Tartu: Tartu University Press.