Contact Information

Associate Program Director
Center for Translational and Basic Research
Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue Room 324HN
New York, NY 10065

Office (212) 396-6628

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2003


Rodrigo Valles Jr., Ph.D.



Ph.D.Texas A&M University
B. A. The University of Texas at Austin


Research Statement

The Hunter College RCMI aims to recruit, fund and equip talented scientists at Hunter College CUNY in order to support unique research and foster novel collaborations with the surrounding scientific and lay community. As the Associate Director, I supervise the day-day to activities of the Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR) employees. Given the wide range of projects in which the CTBR participates or oversees, it is critical to be knowledgeable in project management and the fundamentals of research in a University setting. My diverse professional network, previous supervisory roles, knowledge of the CUNY system and experience in several areas of biomedical research make me well suited to serve as the Associate Director.
As of 2011 the mission of the Hunter College RCMI is to support academic and community-based endeavors that address the health disparities present within disadvantaged communities. Accordingly, I am responsible for fostering basic and applied research in these areas. Additionally, I oversee the conceptualization and implementation of community initiatives to address the social determinants of health.

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Rocha A., Valles R., Cardon A.L., Bratton G.R., Nation J.R. (2005) Enhanced acquisition of cocaine self-administration in rats developmentally exposed to lead. Neuropsychopharmacology 11:2058-2064.

Rocha A., Valles R., Hartfield N., Bratton G.R., Nation J.R. (2008) Developmental Lead Exposure Attenuates Methamphetamine Dose-effect Performance and Progressive Ratio Responding. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 89:508-514. NIHMSID: NIHMS49061.

 Valles R., Cardon A.L., Heard H.M., Nation J.R., Bratton G.R. (2003) Morphine conditioned place preference is attenuated by perinatal lead exposure. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 75:295-300.

 Valles R., Rocha A., Cardon A.L., Bratton G.R., Nation J.R. (2005) The effects of the GABAA antagonist bicuculline on cocaine self-administration in rats exposed to lead during gestation/lactation. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 80:611-619.

Valles R., Rocha A., Nation J.R. (2006) The effects of acquisition training schedule on extinction and reinstatement of cocaine self-administration in male rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 14:245-253.