I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Baylor University since August 2019. I earned a PhD in Behavioral & Cellular Neuroscience from Texas A&M University in 2011 and did postdoctoral training in the Neuroimmunology Laboratory at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
My research is currently focused on exploring the mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of fatigue and depression in the context of cancer and inflammatory conditions (e.g., diabetes, aging, chronic stress).
Some of the recent publications I have had the opportunity to be involved in are listed below:
- Sullens, D.G., Gilley, K., Jensen, K., Vichaya, E., Dolan, S.L., Sekeres, M.J. (2021). Social isolation induces hyperactivity and exploration in aged female mice. PLoS One. 16(2):e0245355. PMID: 33534853.
- Vichaya, E.G., Ford, B.G., Quave, C.B., Rishi, M.R., Grossberg, A.J., Dantzer, R. (2020). Toll-like receptor 4 mediates the development of fatigue in the murine Lewis Lung Carcinoma model independently of activation of macrophages and microglia. Psychoneuroendocrinology.122:104874. PMID: 32979744.
- Vichaya, E.G., Malik, S., Sominsky, L., Ford, B.G., Spencer, S.J., Dantzer, R. (2020). Microglia depletion fails to abrogate inflammation-induced sickness in mice and rats. J Neuroinflam. 17(1): 172. PMID: 32475344
- Grossberg, A.J., Vichaya, E.G., Gross, P.S., Ford, B.G., Scott, K.A., Estrada, D., Vermeer, D.W., Vermeer, P., Dantzer, R. (2020). Interleukin 6-independent metabolic reprogramming as a driver of cancer-related fatigue. Brain Behav Immun. In Press. PMID: 3248555.
- Vichaya, E.G., Laumet, G., Christian, D.L., Grossberg, A.J., Estrada, D.J., Heijnen, C.J., Kavelaars, A., Dantzer, R. (2019). Motivational changes that develop in a mouse model of inflammation-induced depression are independent of indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase. Neuropsychopharmacology. 44(2): 364-71. PMID: 29755330.
- Madeo, M., Colbert, P.L., Vermeer, D.W., Lucido, B.A., Vichaya, E.G., Grossberg, A.J., Cain, J.T., Muirhead, D., Rickel, A.P., Hong, Z., Spanos, W.C., Lee, J.H.., Dantzer, R., Vermeer, P.D. (2018). Cancer exosomes induce tumor innervation. Nature Communications. 9(1): 4284. PMID: 30327461.
- Lacourt, T.E., Vichaya, E.G., Escalante, C., Manzullo, E.F., Gunn, B., Hess, K.R., Heijnen, C.J., Dantzer, R. (2018). An effort expenditure perspective on cancer-related fatigue. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 96: 109-117. PMID: 29929087.
- Vichaya, E.G., Dantzer, R. (2018). Inflammation-induced motivational changes: Perspective gained by evaluating positive and negative valence systems. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 22: 90-95. PMID: 29888301.
For a full list of my publications, see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/elisabeth.vichaya.1/bibliography/public/
Additionally, I am a wife and a mother of two great little kids. My family keeps me busy, but helps me maintain perspective.
When I can find the time, I love to read, and when I can’t read, I listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I also love to travel. There is nothing more relaxing than a hike in the mountains or a walk on the beach.