Nicholas (Nick) Deems

Nicholas (Nick) Deems

Nicholas (Nick) Deems

Advisor: Ruth Barrientos

(614) 366-1690

306 Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Stress and Neuroimmunology


  • BS in Behavioral Neuroscience (2018), The Ohio State University


My research focus is on how peripheral insults, such as abdominal surgery, trigger neuroinflammatory responses in the brain, and how these responses are exacerbated by post-operative morphine treatment resulting in long-term, persistent memory impairments in aged, but not young, rodents.


2021 - Third place Best-Poster Award, DNS Research Day, The Ohio State University

2019 - University Fellowship, The Ohio State University Graduate School


Muscat, S. M*., Deems, N. P*., D'Angelo, H., Kitt, M. M., Grace, P. M., Andersen, N. D., Silverman, S. N., Rice, K. C., Watkins, L. R., Maier, S. F., & Barrientos, R. M. (2021). Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is made persistent with morphine treatment in aged rats. Neurobiology of Aging, 98, 214–224. *co-first authors.

Butler, M. J., Cole, R. M., Deems, N. P., Belury, M. A., & Barrientos, R. M. (2020). Fatty food, fatty acids, and microglial priming in the adult and aged hippocampus and amygdala. Brain, behavior, and immunity, 89, 145–158.

Quach, T. T., Moutal, A., Khanna, R., Deems, N. P., Duchemin, A. M., & Barrientos, R. M. (2020). Collapsin Response Mediator Proteins: Novel Targets for Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Alzheimer's disease 77(3), 949–960.

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