photo of Eisuke Koya

Dr Eisuke Koya

Post:Reader in Psychology (Psychology)
Location:CRPC 5.14

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877776
International:+44 1273 877776

Research expertise:
download vCarddownload vCard to your mobile


2016-now, Visiting Investigator, The Scripps Research Instittute, USA.

2016-now, Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex

2012-2016, Lecturer, University of Sussex

2010-12 Research Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse IRP, Baltimore, USA.

2005-10 Post-doctoral researcher, National Institute on Drug Abuse IRP, Baltimore, USA.

2005 Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology, Vrije Universitieit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1999 M.Sc. in Biotechnology, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K.

1996 B.A. in Neurobiology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, U.S.A.


Selected publications

L. Lu*, E. Koya*, H. Zhen, B.T. Hope, Y.Shaham

Role of ERK in cocaine addiction. Trends in Neurosciences. 2006 Dec;29(12):695-703.



E. Koya, J.M. Bossert, J.L. Uejima, K. Wihbey, B.T. Hope, Y. Shaham

Role of ventral medial prefrontal cortex in incubation of cocaine craving. Neuropharmacology. 2009;56 Suppl 1:177-85.



E. Koya, S.A. Golden, B.K. Harvey, D.H. Guez-Barber, A. Berkow, D.E. Simmons, J.M. Bossert, S.G. Nair, J.L. Uejima, M.T. Marin, T.B. Mitchell, D. Farquhar, S.C. Ghosh, B.J. Mattson, B.T. Hope 

Targeted disruption of sparsely distributed cocaine-activated accumbens neurons prevents context-specific psychomotor sensitization. Nature Neuroscience. 2009 Aug;12(8):1069-73.



J.M. Bossert, A.L. Stern, F.R.M. Theberge, C. Cifani, E. Koya, B.T. Hope, Y. Shaham 

Ventral medial prefrontal cortex neuronal ensembles mediate context-induced relapse to heroin seeking. Nature Neuroscience. 2011 Apr;14(4):420-2. 



E. Koya and B.T. Hope

Cocaine and synaptic alterations in the nucleus accumbens. Biological Psychiatry.  2011 Jun 1;69(11):1013-4.



C. Cifani*, E. Koya*, B.M. Navarre, D.J. Calu, M. Baumann, N. Marchant, Q.R. Liu, C. Lupica, Y. Shaham, B.T. Hope

Stress-induced reinstatement of palatable food seeking is associated with unique physiological changes in medial prefrontal cortex activated neurons: a study with c-fos-GFP transgenic female rats. Journal of Neuroscience. 2012 Jun 20;32(25):8480-90.



E. Koya, F.C. Cruz, R. Ator, S.A. Golden, A.F. Hoffman, C.R. Lupica, B.T. Hope

Silent synapses in selectively activated nucleus accumbens neurons following cocaine-sensitization Nature Neuroscience.  2012 Nov; 15(11):1556-62. 



F.C. Cruz, E. Koya, R. D.H. Guez-Barber, J.M. Bossert, C.R. Lupica, Y. Shaham, B.T. Hope. 

New Technologies for examining the role of neuronal ensembles in drug addiction and fear. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 2013 Nov; 14(11):743-54.