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    Dr Emma Cahill

    01223 762286
    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Official Fellow in Psychology; Executive Graduate Tutor; Director of Studies (PBS)



    I joined Murray Edwards in 2016, after strong recommendations from a colleague. The College looks and feels fresh, there’s a buzz along the corridors that are lined with inspiring modern art works.

    Degrees and honours

    • BA (Trinity College Dublin),
    • MSc (Paris VI),
    • PhD (Paris VI)

    Awards and prizes

    • Shortlisted for a student-led undergraduate supervisor award in 2017
    • InnoCentive Challenge Solution Award 2016 “New Translational Models of Psychiatric Diseases”, from Boehringer Ingelheim
    • Anniversary Future Leaders Fellowship 2014, awarded by BBSRC

    Research interests

    • Neurobiology and experimental psychology,
    • Molecular mechanisms of learning,
    • Animals models of psychiatric disorders
    • Addiction
    • PTSD


    Dr Cahill took her BA in Natural Sciences specialising in Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, then an MSc and PhD at in the mechanism of cocaine addiction at University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI. She joined the University of Cambridge as a Research Associate in 2014 in the Dept. of Psychology, and in 2018 took a position as an Unestablished Lecturer in the Dept. of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience where she now works of the mechanisms underlying learning and memory in rodent models.

    She joined Murray Edwards as a Bye Fellow in 2016, and contributes to Tripos teaching covering topics from Neurobiology, Neurophysiology and Experimental Psychology.


    Cahill EN, Milton AL (2019), “Neurochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying the retrieval-extinction effect” Psychopharmacology 1-22

    Cahill, E. N., Wood, M. A., Everitt, B. J., & Milton, A. L. (2018), “The role of prediction error and memory destabilization in extinction of cued-fear within the reconsolidation window.” Neuropsychopharmacology

    Cahill EN, Vousden GH, Exton-McGuinness MTJ, Beh IRC, Swerner CB, Macak M, Abas S, Cole CC, Kelleher BF, Everitt BJ, Milton AL (2017), “Limbic zif268 expression engaged by reactivation of a rewarded T-maze task memory is not required for stable performance” Neuroscience
    Dos Santos M, Cahill EN, Bo GD, Vanhoutte P, Caboche J, Giros B, Heck N. (2017), ““Cocaine increases dopaminergic boutons density in the nucleus accumbens.” Brain Struct Funct

    Cahill E, Pascoli V, Trifilieff P, Savoldi D, Kappès V, Lüscher C, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P (2014), “D1R/GluN1 complexes in the striatum integrate dopamine and glutamate signalling to control synaptic plasticity and cocaine-induced responses.” Mol Psychiatry 19(12):1295-304
    Cahill E, Salery M, Vanhoutte P, Caboche J (2014), “Convergence of dopamine and glutamate signaling onto striatal ERK activation in response to drugs of abuse.” Front Pharmacol 4:172
    Pascoli V, Cahill E, Bellivier F, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P (2014), “Extracellular Signal-Regulated Protein Kinases 1 and 2 Activation by Addictive Drugs: A Signal Toward Pathological Adaptation.” Biol Psychiatry

    Roze E, Cahill E, Martin E, Bonnet C, Vanhoutte P, Betuing S, Caboche J (2011), “Huntington's Disease and Striatal Signaling.” Front Neuroanat 5:55

    Larkin AE, Fahey B, Gobbo O, Callaghan CK, Cahill E, O'Mara SM, Kelly AM (2008), “Blockade of NMDA receptors pre-training, but not post-training, impairs object displacement learning in the rat.” Brain Res 1199:126-32