Erick Tatro, Ph.D.

Erick Tatro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone #: 858-246-0653
FAX #: 858-534-4484




Dr. Tatro received his B.S. from The Ohio State University double majoring in Chemistry and Biology. He received his Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Molecular and Cellular Pathology, studying the role of immunophilins in hormone trafficking in neurons. During graduate study, he completd a minor project in Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at University of Pittsburgh. After a post-doctoral study at UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Dr Tatro became Assistant Professor in 2010.

Research Focus

Dr. Tatro's research is in the broad area of molecular and cellular neuroscience. Specifically, his projects are focusing on HIV - induced cytokine and chemokine signaling to neurons, methamphetamine - induced changes in microRNA repertoire, and microRNA and gene regulation in the central nervous system as it pertains to HIV and comorbid influences.  His research employs a broad array of methodologies, including neuronal and microglia cell culture, 3-D and high-power cellular imaging and microscopy, clinical studies of biological correlates to neuropsychiatric parameters.

In addition, Dr. Tatro is interested in clinical studies involving molecular basis for successful cognitive aging, methamphetamine and addiction biology, and HIV- associated neurocognitive deficit.

Selected Publications      

    Tatro ET, Purnajo I, Little SJ, Richman DD, Smith DM, and Gianella S. (2013)“Antibody response to Achromobacter xylosoxidans during HIV infection is associated with lower CD4 levels and increased lymphocyte activation.” Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. 21:1. [Pubmed ID 24173027].

    Tatro ET, Hefler S, Shumaker-Armstrong S, Soontornniyomkij B, Yang M, Yermanos A, Wren N, Moore DJ, and Achim CL. (2013) “Modulation of BK Channel by MicroRNA-9 in Neurons After Exposure to HIV and Methamphetamine.” Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. [PubMed ID 23508624, Epub March 19].

    Tatro, E.T., Risbrough, V., Soontornyijomkij, B., Young, J., Shumaker, S., Jeste, D., Achim, C. (2013) “Short-term recognition memory correlates with regional CNS expression of microRNA-138 in mice.”  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 5:461-473. [Pubmed ID 23570889]

    Tatro ET, Scott ER, Nguyen TB, Salaria S, Banerjee S, Moore DJ, Masliah E, Achim CL, and Everall IP.  (2010) “Evidence for Alteration of Gene Regulatory Networks through MicroRNAs of the HIV-Infected Brain: Novel Analysis of Retrospective Cases”. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10337.

    Tatro ET, Everall IP, Kaul M, Achim CL. (2009) “Modulation of glucocorticoid receptor nuclear translocation in neurons by immunophilins FKBP51 and FKBP52.” Brain Research 1286: 1-12. [Pubmed Central: PMC2724600].


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