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Dinko Kranjac

Dinko Kranjac

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Office: (909) 448-4175
Hoover Building / La Verne 216

Dinko Kranjac is Assistant Professor of Psychology. He received his PhD in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in behavioral neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology from Texas Christian University. He was then a research associate in the Department of Neuroscience within the Howard Hughes Medical Institute unit at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Kranjac also served as a postdoctoral scholar in Psychiatry at Stanford University and at SRI International, and in the Department of Symptom Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In his research, Kranjac is primarily focusing on ways in which inflammation may alter varied cognitive processes such as decision-making, learning, and memory. He also investigates mechanisms through which long-term stress increases chronic inflammation. Kranjac is designated as core undergraduate faculty and teaches courses in the areas of behavioral neuroscience and learning.


  • Eimerbrink MJ, Kranjac D, St. Laurent C, White JD, Weintraub MK, Pendry RJ, Maddigan R, Hodges SL, Sadler LN, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW. Pre-treatment of C57BL6/J mice with the TLR4 agonist monophosphoryl lipid A prevents LPS-induced sickness behaviors and elevations in dorsal hippocampus interleukin-1β, independent of interleukin-4 expression. Behav Brain Res. 2016;302:171-174. [PMID: 26778788]
  • Weintraub MK, Kranjac D, Eimerbrink MJ, Pearson SJ, Vinson BT, Patel J, Summers W, Parnell T, Boehm GW, Chumley MJ. Peripheral administration of poly (I:C) leads to increased hippocampal amyloid-beta and cognitive deficits in a non-transgenic mouse model. Behav Brain Res. 2014;266:183–187. [PMID: 24631395]
  • Weintraub MK, Bisson CM, Nouri JN, Vinson BT, Kranjac D, Eimerbrink MJ, Boehm GW, Chumley MJ. Imatinib methanesulfonate reduces hippocampal amyloid-beta and restores cognitive function following repeated endotoxin exposure. Brain Behav Immun. 2013;33:24–28. [PMID: 23665252]
  • Kranjac D, Koster KM, Kahn MS, Eimerbrink MJ, Womble BM, Cooper BG, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW. Peripheral administration of D-cycloserine rescues memory consolidation following bacterial endotoxin exposure. Behav Brain Res. 2013;243:38–43. [PMID: 23295393]
  • Kahn MS, Kranjac D, Alonzo CA, Haase JH, Cedillos RO, McLinden KA, Boehm GW, Chumley MJ. Prolonged elevation in hippocampal Aβ and cognitive deficits following repeated endotoxin exposure in the mouse. Behav Brain Res. 2012;229:176–184. [PMID: 22249135]
  • Kranjac D, McLinden KA, Koster KM, Kaldenbach DL, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW. Peripheral administration of poly I:C disrupts contextual fear memory consolidation and BDNF expression in mice. Behav Brain Res. 2012;228:452–457. [PMID: 22222172]
  • Kranjac D, McLinden KA, Deodati LE, Papini MR, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW. Peripheral bacterial endotoxin administration triggers both memory consolidation and reconsolidation deficits in mice. Brain Behav Immun. 2012;26:109–121. [PMID: 21889586]
  • McLinden KA, Kranjac D (co-first author), Deodati LE, Kahn M, Chumley MJ, Boehm GW. Age exacerbates sickness behavior following exposure to a viral mimetic. Physiol Behav. 2012;105:1219–1225. [PMID: 21549726]
  • Tarr AJ, McLinden KA, Kranjac D, Kohman RA, Amaral W, Boehm GW. The effects of age on lipopolysaccharide-induced cognitive deficits and interleukin-1β expression. Behav Brain Res. 2011;217:481–485. [PMID: 21055422]