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Dr. Vivian Chioma | Neurobiology of Addiction | Best Researcher Award

Resident Physician, Medical University of South Carolina, United States

Dr. Vivian Chioma is a distinguished neuroscientist and medical professional, currently serving as an Adult Neurology Resident at the University of Pennsylvania. With a strong foundation in neuroscience and a passion for advancing medical research, Dr. Chioma has made significant contributions to understanding neurological disorders. She has received numerous accolades for her work, reflecting her dedication to both scientific discovery and mentorship.

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Dr. Vivian Chioma – University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Chioma earned her Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2022 through the prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). She also holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Neuroscience, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2014.


Dr. Chioma’s postgraduate training includes an internship in Internal Medicine/Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2022, followed by her current role as an Adult Neurology Resident. Her research has been published in several leading journals, and she has presented her findings at numerous national and international conferences.

Research Interests:

Dr. Chioma’s research interests are centered around the neurological mechanisms underlying substance use disorders and their associated behavioral and cellular changes. She focuses on synaptic plasticity, neuropharmacology, and the impact of drugs on the brain, aiming to develop better therapeutic strategies for addiction and other neurological conditions.


Dr. Chioma has received a multitude of awards, including the Distinguished Graduate Student Award from MUSC’s College of Graduate Studies (2022), the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Diversity Scholarship Award (2021), and the John Richard Sosnowski Award (2021). Her extensive list of accolades underscores her excellence in both research and mentorship.

Publications Top Notes📚

Jones F J.S., Magee R, Boylan K, Chioma V, Little J, Orthmann-Murphy J. Fulminant intracranial hypertension in acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (Weston-Hurst Syndrome). 2024 (in preparation).

Garcia-Keller C, Hohmeister M, Seidling K, Beloate LN, Chioma VC, Spencer SM, Kalivas PW, Neuhofer D. ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol self-administration induces cell-type specific adaptations in the nucleus accumbens core. Addiction Biology, 2023. doi: 10.1111/adb.13286.

Chioma VC, Kruyer AK, Bobadilla AC, Angelis A, Ellison Z, Hodebourg Ritchy, Scofield MD, Kalivas PW. Heroin Seeking and Extinction from Seeking Activate Matrix Metalloproteinases at Synapses on Distinct Subpopulations of Accumbens Cells. Biological Psychiatry, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.12.004.

Kruyer AK, Chioma VC, Kalivas PK. The Opioid-Addicted Tetrapartite Synapse. Biological Psychiatry, 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.05.025.

Garcia-Keller C, Neuhofer D, Bobadilla AC, Spencer S, Chioma VC, Monforton C, Kalivas PW. Extracellular Matrix Signaling Through β3 Integrin Mediates Cocaine Cue-Induced Transient Synaptic Plasticity and Relapse. Biological Psychiatry, 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.03.982.

Vivian Chioma | Neurobiology of Addiction | Best Researcher Award

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