Gregg Roman

Professor of Pharmacology in Biomolecular Sciences and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Gregg Roman

Gregg Roman is a behavioral neuroscientist and neural geneticist that trains graduate students and teaches content related to physiology and neuroscience.

Research Interests

  • Learning and Memory Formation
  • Ethanol Tolerance
  • Exploration and Responses to Novel Stimuli


Gregg Roman is member of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. He is a broadly trained geneticist and neuroscientist. Roman was a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston before joining the University of Mississippi in 2016. While in Houston, Roman was the Founding Director of the Biology of Behavior Institute and the Biology and Biochemistry Imaging Core. At the UM, Roman is the Director of the GlyCORE imaging CORE, and was a co-director of the Brain-Wellness Constellation Program.

His laboratory at UM is investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of behavioral plasticity, including how the brain adapts to high levels of alcohol. Intoxicating levels of alcohol leads to tolerance within the brain, which is a critical step toward developing an addiction to this drug. The Roman lab is also investigating the underlying genetic and neural architecture that drive exploratory behaviors. Roman is investigating these process utilizing genetic, physiological, and behavioral approaches with the model system Drosophila melanogaster.

He has won several awards for his research, including the Dean Scholar Award for Research Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania, the Phillip O'Bryan Montgomery Fellowship from the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund, the Henry and William Test Investigator of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Distinguished Scholar and Lifetime Member Award of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.


Ph.D. Biology, University of Pennsylvania (1995)