David J. Vandenbergh 

 David Vandenbergh

Professor of Biobehavioral Health; Neuroscience Faculty, The Neuroscience Institute, The Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences

Contact Information

258A HHD Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7525



Teaching Interests

Molecular genetics, molecular neurobiology.

Research Interests

Molecular biology of the nervous system, and how it is modified by drugs of abuse; genetic components of drug abuse behaviors.

Molecular Genetics Laboratory Web Pages


B.S., Chemistry, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., Biochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 1987

Selected Publications

Schlomer GL, Fosco GM, Cleveland HH, Vandenbergh DJ, Feinberg ME. Interparental Relationship Sensitivity Leads to Adolescent Internalizing Problems: Different Genotypes, Different Pathways.
(In Press, Aug 8, 2014 to Journal of Marriage and Family) 

Cleveland HH, Schlomer GS*, Vandenbergh DJ, Feinberg M, Greenberg M, Spoth R, Shriver MD, Zaidi AA, Hair KL* (2014) Influences of Interventions, Parenting, and the DRD4 Gene on Alcohol Use in Early Adolescence, Developmental Psychopathology
(In press as of April 28).

McClearn GE, Vandenbergh DJ, Stout JT, and McCarter RJ (2014) Exploiting Causal Complexity in Aging. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 34(1): 229-241 ed. R. Sprott, Springer, New York

Heiderstadt KM, Vandenbergh DJ, Gyekis JP*, Blizard DA. Communal nesting increases pup growth but has limited effects on adult behavior and neurophysiology in inbred mice.
J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014;53(2):152-60.
PMID: 24602541

Weinhouse C, Anderson OS, Bergin IL, Vandenbergh DJ, Gyekis JP*, Dingman MA*, Yang J, Dolinoy DC (2014) Perinatal Bisphenol A Exposure Promotes Dose-Dependent Incidence of Murine Hepatic Tumors.
Environmental Health Perspectives) 122(5):485-91.
doi: 10.1289/ehp.1307449. Epub 2014 Jan 17. PMID: 24487385

Vandenbergh DJ, Schlomer GL (2014) Applying Genomic Function to Genetic Studies of Nicotine Addiction: Pharmacogenomics and the ENCODE Project.
Physiology, Biochemistry & Behavior, 123:34-44

Dingman MA, Gyekis JP, Whetzel CA, Klein LC, Vandenbergh DJ (2013) Age-Specific Locomotor Responses to Nicotine in Yellow and Mottled Avy/a Mice. BioMed Central Research Notes, 6(1):497. doi: 10.1186/10.1186/1756-0500-6-497, URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/6/497) PMID 24289264

Lionikas A, Meharg C, Derry JMJ, Ratkevicius A, Carroll AM, Vandenbergh DJ, Blizard DA, (2012) Resolving Candidate genes of mouse skeletal muscle QTL via RNA-Seq and expression network analyses.
BMC Genomics Nov 5;13:592. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-13-592

Curriculum Vitae

David Vandenbergh vitae