Brandi J. Mattson, PhD

Editorial Experience

Independent Scientific Editor (2006-present)

Edited scientific publications in neuroscience, cancer biology, genetics, bioinformatics, chemistry, and medical physics. Wrote and edited individual and multi-site center grant applications. Assisted with scientific design and data interpretation.


  • Houston Methodist Cornell Weill Research Institute 
  • National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan)
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • The UT MD Andersen Cancer Center
  • MIT
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

Assistant Scientific Editor, Neuron (2006-2007)

  • Evaluated and reviewed primary manuscripts from submission to final editorial decision, including publication.
  • Managed review articles and News from inception through completion, including rewriting and editing work of authors.
  • Provided authors comments to improve manuscripts.
  • Coordinated and write eTOC summaries for biweekly publication.
  • Planned journal conference and satellite meetings.
  • Attended conferences and local seminars as journal representative.
  • Fostered direct relationships with individual meetings with investigators at CSHL, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Northwestern, Yale, John Hopkins, Columbia, NYU, Cambridge, UCL.

Professional and Academic Experience

Manager, Grant Programs, The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (2011)

Managed grant applications and submission for faculty members in the Investigational Cancer Therapeutics Department. Used technical writing skills to prepare grant documents and revise documents for scientific clarity throughout the grant submission process for the entire department.

Manager, Radiology Research Laboratories, Houston Methodist Research Institute (2009-2010)

Managed daily operational activities of the Radiology Research and Bioengineering Departments comprising 15 laboratories and 90 faculty and staff.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine (2007-2009)

Neural substrates of decision making and executive function in multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease populations using fMRI
Dr. Read Montague

Group Leader, Neocortical Microcircuity and Autism, Brain Mind Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2005-2006)

Electrophysiological, cellular, and anatomical analyses of neocortical microcircuitry and in an animal model of autism

Manage 15 students and staff to implement and execute scientific research projects and liaise with Blue Brain Project. Collaborate directly with staff to develop and execute patent application for possible therapeutic treatments of autism. Establish and manage the neuroanatomical reconstruction group of 6 students.
Dr. Henry Markram

Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute On Drug Abuse (2002-2005)

Context and cellular specificity of neural adaptations following repeated cocaine and amphetamine administration
Dr. Bruce Hope

PhD Behavioral and Neural Sciences, summa cum laude, Rutgers University (2002)

Competing Appetitive Processes in the Lactating Maternal Rodent: Natural and Pharmacological Stimuli
Advisors Dr. Joan Morrell, Jay Rosenblatt

BA Psychology, summa cum laude, University of Southern Colorado (1997)

Advisor Dr. Paul Kulkosky


Helekar SA, Shin JC, Mattson BJ, Bartley K, Stosic M, Saldana-King T, Montague PR, Hutton GJ (2010) Functional brain network changes associated with maintenance of cognitive function of cognitive function in multiple sclerosis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4: 219.

Koya E, Golden SA, Harvey BK, Guez-Barber DH, Berkow A, Simmons DE, Bossert JM, Nair SG, Uejima JL, Marin MT, Mitchell T, Farquhar D, Ghosh S, Mattson BM, Hope BT (2009) Targeted disruption of cocaine-activated accumbens neurons prevents context-specific sensitization. Nature Neuroscience, 12:1069-73. Epub 2009 Jul 20. 

Mattson BJ, Koya E, Simmons DE, Mitchell TB, Berkow A, Crombag HS, Hope BT (2007) Context-specific sensitization of cocaine-induced locomotor activity and associated neuronal ensembles in rat nucleus accumbens. European Journal Neuroscience, 27:202-12. Epub 2007 Dec 17.

Mattson BJ, Crombag HS, Mitchell T, Simmons DE, Kreuter JD, Morales M, Hope BT (2008) Repeated amphetamine administration outside the home cage enhances drug-induced Fos expression in rat nucleus accumbens, Behavioral Brain Research, 185: 88-98. Epub 2007 Jul 21.

Hope BT, Simmons DE, Mitchell TB, Kreuter JD, Mattson BJ (2006) Cocaine-induced locomotor activity and Fos expression in nucleus accumbens are sensitized for 6 months after repeated cocaine administration outside the home cage. European Journal of Neuroscience, 24:867-75.

Mattson BJ, Bossert JM, Simmons DE, Nozaki N, Nagarkar D, Kreuter JD, Hope BT (2005) Cocaine-induced CREB phosphorylation in nucleus accumbens of cocaine-sensitized rats is enabled by enhanced activation of extracellular signal-related kinase, but not protein kinase. Journal of Neurochemistry, 95: 1481-94.

Mattson BJ and Morrell JI (2005) Preference for cocaine- versus pup-associated cues differentially activates neurons expressing either Fos or cocaine- and amphetamine- regulated transcript in lactating, maternal rodent. Neuroscience, 135: 315-328.

Kreuter JD, Mattson BJ, Wang B, You ZB, Hope BT (2004) Cocaine-induced Fos expression in rat striatum is blocked by chloral hydrate or urethane. Neuroscience, 127: 233-42.

Mattson BJ, Williams SE, Rosenblatt JS, Morrell JI (2003) Preferences for cocaine- or pup-associated chambers differentiates otherwise behaviorally identical postpartum maternal rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl), 167:1-8. Epub 2003 Feb 27.

Mattson BJ, Williams S, Rosenblatt JS, Morrell JI (2001) Comparison of two positive reinforcing stimuli: pups and cocaine throughout the postpartum period. Behavioral Neuroscience, 115: 683-94.

Kulkosky PJ, Allison CT, Mattson BJ (2000) Thyrotropin releasing hormone decreases alcohol intake and preference in rat. Alcohol, 20: 87-91

Kulkosky PJ, Allison CT, Allison TG, Marquez LM, Mattson BJ (1998) Interaction of CCK and 8-OH-DPAT in the satiation of alcohol intake. Alcohol, 16: 305-9.

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