Ronald L. Alkana

Expert on how alcohol and drugs affect the brain, behavior and fetal development

Professor, Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
USC School of Pharmacy
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


  • medical pharmacology/ toxicology
  • behavioral pharmacology/ toxicology
  • alcohol and drug abuse
  • effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain and on behavior (neuropharmacology)
  • biological bases of learning and memory
  • alcohol and birth defects
  • alcohol, other drugs and driving performance
  • psychopharmacology – study of the effects of drugs on mental processes and behavior

Additional Information

  • Member, editorial board, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
  • Vice president, Society of Toxicology, Southern California chapter
  • Elected to organize the 1993 Gordon Conference on Alcohol
  • Member of a number of organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Society for Neuroscience; American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; and Society of Toxicology (Southern California Chapter)

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