Ruth Stornetta

Stornetta, Ruth L.

Primary Appointment

Professor of Research, Pharmacology


  • BA, Psychology, University of Virginia
  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Virginia

Contact Information

PO Box 800735
1340 Jefferson Park Ave., Pinn Hall, Room 5228
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-982-3977
Fax: 434-982-3878

Research Interests

Role of endogenous peptides in control of cardiorespiratory function

Research Description

My research interests have centered on understanding the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological and anatomical basis of the role of neuropeptides, endogenous opiates, GABA and glycine in the control of cardiorespiratory function. My current research is to understand how the C1 adrenergic neurons of the lower brainstem might control the autonomic responses to physiological stressors, how these neurons might be heterogeneous and trying to determine markers associated with specific functions. The current projects involve microscopic analysis of rodent brains after procedures to reveal specific mRNAs or proteins expressed by these neurons.

Selected Publications