Research and/or Creative Works

My research has focused on neocortical contributions to learning and memory in rodent models through an associative learning lens. I use various techniques (e.g., viral manipulations) to alter neural activity in various cortical regions such as the retrosplenial cortex to better understand its role in different phases of memory processing (encoding, consolidation, retrieval).


DeAngeli, N. E., Fournier, D. I., Gulledge, A. T., Burwell, R. D., Todd, T. P., & Bucci, D. J. (2022). Postrhinal cortex contributions to the expression of auditory fear conditioning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory191, 107609.

Trask, S., & Fournier, D. I. (2022). Examining a role for the retrosplenial cortex in age-related memory impairment. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory189, 107601.

Fournier, D.I., Cheng, H.Y., Robinson, S., Todd, T.P. (2021). Cortical contributions to higher-order conditioning: A review of retrosplenial cortex function. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 15, 100.

Fournier, D.I., Cheng, H.Y., Tavakkoli, A., Gulledge, A.T., Bucci, D.J., Todd, T.P. (2021). Retrosplenial cortex inactivation during retrieval, but not encoding, impairs remotely acquired auditory fear conditioning in male rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 185, 107517.

Beason-Held, L.L., Fournier, D., Shafer, A.T., Fabbri, E., An, Y., Huang., C., Bilgel, M., Wong, D.F., Ferrucci, L., Resnick, S.M. (2021). Disease burden affects aging brain function. Journal of Gerontology (accepted).

Tavakkoli, A., Fournier, D.I., Bucci, D.J., & Todd, T.P. (2020). Reduced renewal of conditioned suppression following lesions of the dorsal hippocampus in male rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 134(5), 444–459.

Fournier, D.I., Monasch, R.R., Bucci, D.J., & Todd, T.P. (2020). Retrosplenial cortex damage impairs unimodal sensory preconditioning. Behavioral Neuroscience. 134(3), 198–207.

Fournier, D.I., Todd, T.P., & Bucci, D.J. (2019). Permanent damage or temporary silencing of retrosplenial cortex impairs the expression of a negative patterning discrimination. Neurobiol. Learn. Mem. 163, 107033.

Todd, T.P., Fournier, D.I., & Bucci, D.J. (2019). Retrosplenial cortex and its role in cue-specific learning and memory. Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev. 107, 713–728.

Fournier, D. I., Eddy, M.E., DeAngeli, N.E., Husźar R., Todd, T.P., & Bucci, D.J. (2019). Retrosplenial cortex damage produces retrograde and anterograde context amnesia using strong fear conditioning procedures. Behavioral Brain Research, 369, 111920 (2019).

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  • B.A. Wheaton College (MA), 2016
  • Ph.D. Experimental and Molecular Medicine, 2021


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