Prof. Nashat Abumaria
Prof. Nashat Abumaria
Fudan University, China



2011 – 2015 Research associated professor, Department of basic medical research, School of medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2007 – 2011 Post doc fellowship at the Center for Learning and Memory, Medical school, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2006 – 2007 Post doc fellowship at the Clinical Neurobiology Laboratory, German Primate Center, Germany
2001 – 2006 MSc/PhD neurosciences at Göttingen University within the International Max-Planck Research School, Göttingen, Germany
1996 – 2001 BSc Pharmacy (Dr. pharmacist) at the University of Jordan, Jordan

Publications (Selected)

  1. Nashat Abumaria*, Lin Luo, Matae Ahn, Guosong Liu (2013). Magnesium supplement enhances spatial-context pattern separation and prevents fear overgeneralization. Behavioral Pharmacology 24: 255-63.
  2. Carolina Araya-Callís, Christoph Hiemke, Nashat Abumaria, Gabriele Flugge (2012). Chronic psychosocial stress and citalopram modulate the expression of the glial proteins GFAP and NDRG2 in the hippocampus. Psychopharmacologia 224:209-22.
  3. Nashat Abumaria, Bin Yin, Ling Zhang, Xiang-Yao Li, Tao Chen, Giannina Descalzi, Liangfang Zhao, Matae Ahn, Lin Luo, Chen Ran, Min Zhuo, Guosong Liu (2011). Effects of elevation of brain magnesium on fear conditioning, fear extinction, and synaptic plasticity in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex and lateral amygdala. Journal of Neuroscience 31:14871-81.
  4. Inna Slutsky*, Nashat Abumaria*, Long-Jun Wu, Chao Huang, Ling Zhang, Bo Li, Arvind Govindarajan, Ming-Gao Zhao, Min Zhuo, Susumu Tonegawa, Guosong Liu (2010). Enhancement of Learning and Memory by Elevating Brain Magnesium. Neuron 65: 165-177.
  5. Boldizsár Czéh, Nashat Abumaria, Rafal Rygula, Eberhard Fuchs (2010). Quantitative changes in hippocampal microvasculature of chronically stressed rats: no effect of fluoxetine treatment. Hippocampus 20:174-85.
  6. E. Zambello, E. Fuchs, Nashat Abumaria, R. Rygula, E. Domenici, L. Caberlotto (2010). Chronic psychosocial stress alters NPY system: Different effects in rat and tree shrew. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 34: 122-130.
  7. Olaf Schulte-Herbruggen, Eberhard Fuchs, Nashat Abumaria, Annerose Ziegler, Heidi Danker-Hopfe, Christoph Hiemke, Rainer Hellweg (2009). Effects of escitalopram on the regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and nerve growth factor protein levels in a rat model of chronic stress. Journal of Neuroscience Research 87:2551-60.
  8. Nashat Abumaria*, Adema Ribic, Christoph Anacker, Eberhard Fuchs, Gabriele Flugge (2008). Stress upregulates TPH1 but not TPH2 mRNA in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus: identification of two TPH2 mRNA splice variants. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 28:331-42.
  9. Rafal Rygula, Nashat Abumaria, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke, Eckart Ruther, Christoph Hiemke, Gerald Zernig, Eberhard Fuchs, Gabriele Flugge (2008). Pharmacological validation of a chronic social stress model of depression in rats: effects of reboxetine, haloperidol and diazepam. Behavioural Pharmacology 19:183-96.
  10. Boldizsár Czéh, Jeanine I H Muller-Keuker, Rafal Rygula, Nashat Abumaria, Christoph Hiemke, Enrico Domenici, Eberhard Fuchs (2007). Chronic social stress inhibits cell proliferation in the adult medial prefrontal cortex: hemispheric asymmetry and reversal by fluoxetine treatment. Neuropsychopharmacology 32:1490-503.
  11. Nashat Abumaria*, Rafal Rygula, Christoph Hiemke, Eberhard Fuchs, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke, Eckart Ruther, Gabriele Flugge (2007). Effect of chronic citalopram on serotonin related and stress-regulated genes in the dorsal raphe nucleus of the rat. European Neuropsychopharmacology 17:417-29.
  12. Rafal Rygula, Nashat Abumaria, Enrico Domenici, Christoph Hiemke, Eberhard Fuchs (2006). Effects of fluoxetine on behavioral deficits evoked by chronic social stress in rats. Behavioural Brain Research 174:188-92.
  13. Nashat Abumaria*, Rafal Rygula, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke, Eckart Ruther, Walter Bodemer, Christian Roos, Gabriele Flugge (2006). Identification of genes regulated by chronic social stress in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 26:145-62.
  14. Rafal Rygula*, Nashat Abumaria*, Gabriele Flugge, Christoph Hiemke, Eberhard Fuchs, Eckart Ruther, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke (2006). Citalopram counteracts depressive-like symptoms evoked by chronic social stress in rats. Behavioural Pharmacology 17:19-29.
  15. Rafal Rygula, Nashat Abumaria, Gabriele Flugge, Eberhard Fuchs, Eckart Ruther, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke (2005). Anhedonia and motivational deficits in rats: impact of chronic social stress. Behavioural Brain Research 162:127-34.