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James Walton

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

PO Box 9303
108 Biomedical Road
BMRC 321
Morgantown, WV 26506


  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Graduate Training

  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, The Ohio State University


  • NIH Postdoctoral Scholar, Georgia State University

Research Interests

Behavioral neuroscience
Behavioral neuroendocrinology
Biological rhythms

Recent Publications

Selected Publications


McNeill IV, J.K., Walton, J.C., Albers, H.E. (2018) Functional significance of the excitatory effects of GABA in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Journal of Biological Rhythms. 33(4):376-387.

Walton, J.C., McNeill IV, J.K., Oliver, K.A., Albers, H.E. (2017) Temporal regulation of GABAA receptor subunit expression: Role in synaptic and extrasynaptic communication in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. eNeuro, 4(2).

Albers, H.E., Walton, J.C., Gamble, K.L., McNeill IV, J.K., Hummer, D.L. (2017) The dynamics of GABA signaling: Revelations from the circadian pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 44:35-82.

Walton, J.C.*, Selvakumar, B.*, Weil, Z.M., Snyder, S.H., Nelson, R.J. (2013) Neuronal nitiric oxide synthase and NADPH oxidase interact to affect cognitive, affective, and social behaviors in mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 256:320-327.

Ashley, N.T., Walton, J.C., Haim, A., Zhang, N., Prince, L.A., Fruchey, A.M., Lieberman, R.A., Weil, Z.M., Nelson, R.J. (2013) Sleep deprivation attenuates endotoxin-induced cytokine gene expression independent of day length and circulating cortisol in photoperiodic rodents. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216:2581-2586.

Yoon, S.O., Park, D.J., Ozer, H.G, Ryu, J.C., Tep, C., Shin, Y.J., Lim, T.H., Pastorino, L., Kunwar, A.J., Walton, J.C., Nagahara, A.H., Lu, K.P., Nelson, R.J., Tuszynski, M.H., Huang, K. (2012) JNK3 perpetuates metabolic stress induced by Abeta peptides. Neuron. 75(5):824-37.

Walton, J.C., Weil, Z.M., Nelson, R.J. (2011) Influence of photoperiod on hormones, behavior, and immune function. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 32(3):303-19.

Fonken, L.K., Workman, J.L., Walton, J.C., Weil, Z.M., Morris, J.S., Haim, A., Nelson, R.J. (2010) Light at night increases body mass by shifting the time of food intake. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 107(43):18664-9.

Norman, G.J., Karelina, K., Zhang, N., Walton, J.C., Morris J.S., DeVries, A.C. (2010) Stress and IL-1beta contribute to the development of depressive-like behavior following peripheral nerve injury. Molecular Psychiatry, 5(4):404-14.

Thompson, R.R., George, K., Walton, J.C., Orr, S.P., Benson, J. (2006) Sex-specific influences of vasopressin on human social communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 103(20):7889-94.

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