Silva-Constanza

Constanza Silva

PAMT Pre-doctoral Trainee

432 Health and Human Development Building
cjs6251@psu.edu

Biography

Constanza Silva is a Ph.D. Candidate in Biobehavioral Health and a pre-doctoral trainee in the Prevention and Methodology (PAMT) program. Her research focuses on the behavioral genomics of cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Through the analysis of gene expression alterations, she has explored the biological mechanisms through which adolescent nicotine exposure leads to increased ethanol consumption. Further, using RNA-sequencing as a proxy, she aims to uncover the effects of reduced nicotine-content cigarettes on craving and withdrawal relief. She is also utilizing time-varying effect modeling (TVEM) to understand the association between adolescence cigarette smoking and marijuana use over time. These multiple research approaches will address the complexities of nicotine addiction.

Personal website: www.constanzapsilva.com

The Prevention and Methodology Training Program (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse,trains pre-and post-doctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.