Faculty Profile

Sergio Iñiguez

  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • Neuroscience

Contact Information:

Research and Teaching Interests:

Preclinical models of major depressive disorder; neurobiology of depression; developmental psychopharmacology; behavioral neuroscience.

  • PSYC-363: Biological Psychology
  • PSYC-433: Experimental Psychology: Biological
  • PSYC-442: Behavioral Neuroscience

Representative Publications:

Iñiguez SD, Riggs LM, Nieto SJ, Wright KN, Zamora NN, Cruz B, Zavala AR, Robison AJ, Mazei-Robison MS. (2015). Fluoxetine exposure during adolescence increases preference for cocaine in adulthood. Scientific Reports, 5, 15009; doi: 10.1038/srep15009.

Francis TC, Chandra R, Friend DM, Finkel E, Dayrit G, Miranda J, Brooks JM, Iñiguez SD, O’Donnell P, Kravitz A, Lobo MK. (2015). Nucleus accumbens medium spiny neuron subtypes mediate depression-related outcomes to social defeat stress. Biological Psychiatry, 77(3), 212-222.

Iñiguez SD, Riggs LM, Nieto SJ, Dayrit G, Zamora NN, Shawhan KL, Cruz B, Warren BL. (2014). Social defeat stress induces a depression-like phenotype in adolescent male c57bl/6 mice. Stress, 17(3), 247-255.

Iñiguez SD, Alcantara LF, Warren BL, Riggs LM, Parise EM, Vialou V, Wright KN, Dayrit G, Nieto SJ, Wilkinson MB, Lobo MK, Neve RL, Nestler EJ, Bolaños-Guzmán CA. (2014). Fluoxetine exposure during adolescence alters responses to aversive stimuli in adulthood. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(3), 1007-1021.

Full List of Publications:

Visit the NCBI website. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=iniguez%20sd)

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Research in the Media

Los Angeles Times, "Prozac during adolescence protects against despair in adulthood"

Los Angeles Times, "Rodent of the Week: Ritalin and Prozac -- a troubling combo for children?"


  • 2015 Outstanding Research, Scholarly or Creative Contribution Award. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, CSUSB.
  • 2014 Travel Award for Early Career Investigators (2014). College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 2014 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Department of Psychology, CSUSB.
  • 2013 Outstanding Faculty Professional Development Award. Department of Psychology, CSUSB.