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Dr. Rob Contreras

Michigan State University, 1975


James C. Smith Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience

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Dr. Contreras will NOT be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2021 admission.

Research Interests

Roles of early dietary experience, taste, hormones, and the brain in control of appetite, energy balance, and blood pressure regulation; plasticity, hypertension, and obesity.

Selected Publications


Mast TG, Breza JM & Contreras, RJ.  Thirst increases chorda tympani responses to sodium chloride.  Chem. Senses, 42: 675-681, 2017; doi:10.1093/chemse/bjx.

Lu B, Breza, JM & Contreras RJ.  Temperature influences chorda tympani nerve responses to sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter stimuli in mice.  Chem. Senses, 41: 727-736, 2016; doi:10.1093/chemse/bjw082.

Kinsey, AW, Cappadona SR, Paton LB, Allman BR, Contreras RJ, Hickner RC, & Ormsbee MJ.  The effect of casein protein prior to sleep on fat metabolism in obese men.  Nutrients 2016, 8, 452; doi:10.3390/nu8080452.

Ormsbee MJ, Gorman KA, Miller EA, Baur DA, Eckel LA, Contreras, RJ, Panton LB & Spicer MT.  Nighttime feeding likely alters morning metabolism but not exercise performance in female athletes.  Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 41: 1-9, 2016;

Khamoui AV, Park B-S, Kim D-H, Yeh M-C, Oh S-L, Elam ML, Jo E, Arjmandi BH, Salazar G, Grant SC, Contreras RJ, Lee WJ, & Kim J-S.  Aerobic and resistance training dependent skeletal muscle plasticity in the colon-26 murine model of cancer cachexia.  Metabol. Clin. Exp., 65:  685-698, 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2016.01.014.

Zourdos, MC, Jo, E, Khamoui, AV, Lee, S-R, Park, B-S, Ormsbee, MJ, Panton, LB, Contreras, RJ, & Kim, J-S.  Modified daily undulating periodization model produces greater performance than a traditional configuration in powerlifters.  J. Strength Conditioning Res., 30: 784-791, 2016; doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001165.

Mojock CD, Ormsbee MJ, Kim J-S, Arjmandi BH, Louw GA, Contreras RJ, & Panton, LB.  Comparisons of bone mineral density between recreational and trained male road cyclists. Clin. J. Sport. Med., 26: 152-156, 2016; doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000186.

Wesolowski S, Contreras RJ, Wu W.  A new framework for Euclidean summary statistics in neural spike train space.  Ann. Appl. Stat., 9(3): 1278-1297, 2015; doi:10.1214/15-AOAS847.


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