Lisa Gerak

Assistant Professor/Research

Ph.D., Pharmacology

Louisiana State University Medical Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

Office: 210-567-0106



Research Interests

• benzodiazepine                     • neuroactive steroid
• dependence • tolerance


Research Activities

Studies conducted in this laboratory examine the acute and chronic behavioral effects of benzodiazepines and other positive GABAA modulators, particularly neuroactive steroids. Benzodiazepine tolerance and dependence differentially alters the effects of positive GABAA modulators, depending on their site of action.

Our primary research goal is to investigate changes in GABAA receptor function with benzodiazepine tolerance and dependence, discover the nature of differences between the effects of neuroactive steroids and those of benzodiazepines, and determine whether these differences can be exploited for clinical benefit.


Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships 

  • 2013-2015 – Secretary/Treasurer of the Behavioral Pharmacology Division of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)
  • 06/98-Present – College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • 11/93-Present – Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs
  • 2005-Present – American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Member


Selected Publications