James Chrobak

Professor & Associate Department Head

of Undergraduate Studies

Degree: Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, 1988, UNC-Chapel Hill
Research Interests: Making memories in the mammalian brain; the physiology and function of the hippocampus and interconnected forebrain circuits.
Research Synopsis: My research is currently focused on 1) describing variation in neuronal synchronization across the septotemporal axis of the hippocampus, 2) how that variation is altered by environmental phenomenon, the animals behavior as well as pharmacological manipulations and 3) how that variation may relate to episodic memory formation.
Courses: General Psychology 1 (Psyc 1100)

Physiological Psychology (PSYC 2200)

Recent publications: Honeycutt J.A., Keary K.M, Kania V.M & Chrobak, J.J. (2016) Developmental age differentially mediates the calcium-binding proteins paravalbumin in the rat: evidence for a selective decrease in hippocampal parvalbumin cell counts. Developmental Neuroscience, doi 10.1159/000444447.


Long L.L., Bunce J.G, & Chrobak, J.J. (2015) Theta variation and spatiotemporal scaling along the septotemporal axis of the hippocampus. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience Mar 16; 9:37, doi 10,3389./fnsys.2015,00037. eCollection 2015.


Representative Publications: Long L.L.,Hinman J.R., Chen C-M., Stevenson I.H., Read H.L., Escabi, M.A. & Chrobak, J.J. (2014) Novel acoustic stimuli can alter locomotor speed to hippocampal theta relationship. Hippocampus. 2014 Sep; 24(9):1053-8. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22308.


Long L.L, Hinman J.R., Chen C-M., Escabi, M.A. & Chrobak, J.J. (2014) Theta dynamics in rat: speed and acceleration across the septotemporal axis. PLoS One May 19; 9(5: e97987. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097987.


Penley, S.C., Hinman J.R., Long L.L., Markus, E.M., Escabi, M.A. & Chrobak, J.J. (2013) Novel space alters theta and gamma synchrony across the longitudinal axis of the hippocampus. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscence, Jun 25; 7:20. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2013.00020. eCollection 2013.


Hinman, J.R., Penley, S.C., Escabi, M.A. & Chrobak, J.J. (2012) Ketamine disrupts theta synchrony across the septotemporal axis of the CA1 region of hippocampus. Journal of Neurophysiology 109:570-9.

Professional Activities:


  • Grant Review Panels: NINDS NST-1; NIH BRAIN Initiative


  • Journal Reviewing: JNeuroscience, Hippocampus, Frontiers in Neuroscience, J Neurophysiology


  • Advisory Panels: National Scientific Advisory Council AFAR


Dr. James Chrobak
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 107