Jesus D. Mena, Ph.D.

Scientist II


Dr. Mena joined Biomodels in 2013 after completing his post-doctoral fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center.  Jesus received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Tufts University. His doctoral work, which centered on elucidating the role of prefrontal cortical opioids in the regulation of feeding has served him well as he often leads Biomodels’ neuroscience studies.  In addition to his scientist role, Jesus serves as our scientific administrator in which capacity he oversees protocol preparation, facilitates report writing and analysis and anchors our quality assurance programs to insure seamless and successful completion of studies.


Publications by Jesus D. Mena, Ph.D.:

GABA-Mediated Inactivation of Medial Prefrontal and Agranular Insular Cortex in the Rat: Contrasting Effects on Hunger-and Palatability-Driven Feeding

Vasopressin infusion into the lateral septum of adult male rats rescues progesterone-induced impairment in social recognition

Mu-opiod stimulation in rat prefrontal cortex engages hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin-containing neurons, and reveals dissociable roles of nucleus accumbens and hypothalamus in cortically driven feeding

Induction of hyperphagia and carbohydrate intake by µ-opiod receptor stimulation in circumscribed regions of frontal cortex