Corina Bondi, PhD
Assistant Professor

Corina O. Bondi, PhD, is an research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research (SCRR) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Bondi received her PhD in Pharmacology/Neuroscience at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her dissertation work focused on the brain noradrenergic modulatory role in chronic stress-induced prefrontal cortical dysfunction, as well as in mechanisms underlying chronic antidepressant drug effects.

During her first postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, which was funded through an NIH Training Grant in the Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders, Dr. Bondi conducted in vivo electrophysiology and pharmacology experiments aimed at cortical neural encoding of GABAergic neurotransmission, as well as molecular and behavioral studies to characterize the impact of polyunsaturated fatty acids deficiency on rodent behavior and cognition.


Specialized Areas of Interest
Traumatic brain injury, Executive Function, Neuropsychological Recovery, Pharmacotherapies, environmental enrichment

Professional Organization Membership
International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
National Neurotrauma Society
New York Academy of Sciences
Society for Neuroscience

Education & Training
BS, Neuroscience, Physics, mabna Cum Laude, Muskengum College, 2003
PhD, Pharmacolgy, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2009
Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Univesity of Pittsburgh, 2012
Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of PM&R, Univesity of Pittsburgh, 2014

Honors and Awards
Hewlett International Small Travel Award, IBNS 2016 Annual Meeting
Early Career Award - International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, 2015
Distinguished Citizen Award, professional excellence/positive representation of Calarasi City, Romania, 2015
Travel Award National and International Neurotrauma Society Symposia Society, 2014
Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting travel award, 2011. 2007, 2006

Selected Publications
Additional publications can be found in Dr. Corina's PubMed collection and Google Scholar collection

Relative to Typical Antipsychotic Drugs, Aripiprazole Is a Safer Alternative for Alleviating Behavioral Disturbances After Experimental Brain Trauma. Phelps TI, Bondi CO, Mattiola VV, Kline AE. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 May 24. pii: 1545968316650281. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27225976

The Therapeutic Efficacy of Environmental Enrichment and Methylphenidate Alone and in Combination after Controlled Cortical Impact Injury. Leary JB, Bondi CO, LaPorte MJ, Carlson LJ, Radabaugh HL, Cheng JP, Kline AE. J Neurotrauma. 2016 May 9

Rehabilitative Paradigms after Experimental Brain Injury: Relevance to Human Neurotrauma. Bondi CO, Tehranian-DePasquale R, Cheng JP, Monaco CM, Griesbach GS, Kline AE. In: Kobeissy FH, editor. Brain Neurotrauma: Molecular, Neuropsychological, and Rehabilitation Aspects. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2015. Chapter 34. PMID: 26269889

Found in translation: Understanding the biology and behavior of experimental traumatic brain injury. Bondi CO, Semple BD, Noble-Haeusslein LJ, Osier ND, Carlson SW, Dixon CE, Giza CC, Kline AE. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2015 Nov;58:123-46. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.12.004. Epub 2014 Dec 10. Review. PMID: 25496906

Research Activities
Dr. Bondi's current research interests focus on characterizing therapeutic strategies after experimental traumatic brain injury, such as pharmacotherapies and environmental enrichment, for complex cognitive processing deficits and distinct neurobehavioral and neurochemical alterations relevant to psychiatric disorders.