• About
  • Selected Publications
  • Team Members
About

About

Caroline F. Zink, Ph.D. is an Investigator at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, in the Molecular Psychiatry/Imaging Genetics division. Her research takes advantage of advances in human genetics and neuroimaging techniques to gain a more complete understanding of the complex neural circuitry underlying distinct cognitive processes related to individual symptoms of schizophrenia.  Dr. Zink received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University.  As a graduate student, she was the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Emory University Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Teaching Award.  She performed her post-doctoral training in the Unit for Systems Neuroscience in Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  Prior to joining the Lieber Institute, Dr. Zink served as a Research Fellow in the Genes, Cognition, and Psychosis Program at the NIMH. During her time at the NIMH, she was a recipient of a National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award and a National Institutes of Health Fellows Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Zink has been part of the Lieber Institute from its beginning, and she was instrumental in starting up the now successful state-of-the-art functional neuroimaging platform at the Lieber Institute. Dr. Zink’s research has been published in high profile journals and she has presented her work nationally and internationally.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Blitzer DN, Barter JW, Haynes MR, Colalillo SA, Ly M, Weinberger DR, Zink CF. Human Ventral Striatal Activation During Reward Anticipation is Elicited by Motivational Value, Rather Than Reward Value. (in review).

Zink CF, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Human Neuroimaging and Genetics of Oxytocin and Vasopressin in Social Cognition. Hormones and Behavior 2012; 61(3): 400-409.

Ly M, Haynes MR, Barter JW, Weinberger DR, Zink CF. Subjective Socioeconomic Status Predicts Human Ventral Striatal Responses to Social Status Information. Current Biology 2011; 21(9): 794-797.

Zink CF, Tong Y, Chen Q, Bassett DS, Stein JL, Meyer-Lindenberg A. Know Your Place: Neural Processing of Stable and Unstable Social Hierarchy in Humans. Neuron 2008; 58: 273-283.

Zink CF, Pagnoni G, Martin-Skurski ME, Chappelow JC, Berns GS. Human Striatal Responses to Monetary Reward Depend on Saliency. Neuron 2004; 42: 509-517.

Team Members

Team Members

Zink Lab Team Members Include:

Danielle Borrajo, Research Associate

Henry Quillian, Research Assistant