Diane Lane Assistant Teaching Professor

Neural Mechanisms of the Reward, Motivation, and Pain Systems of the Brain
Diane Lane

Academic Interests:

The basis of all behavior stems from functional changes in neural activity.  But what influences these functional changes? This is the question that has fueled multiple lines of research for me including identifying mechanisms responsible for: 1) the increased motivation/decreased reward for drugs of abuse over time; 2) the development of chronic pain; 3) exosome release from pro-facilitatory pain neurons that can act as a biomarker for chronic pain.  It is my wonder and awe of these complex neural systems that I share with my students.  In turn, I value their input and insight on these topics.  As a teacher, my goal is to convey that none of us have a complete understanding of these systems (yet) but coming together collaboratively and providing our unique input to the problem is the best way to move forward. We each have  distinctive strengths that can compliment and challenge one another to strive for better understanding of these and other scientific problems.


  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Neuroscience 2022-Present
  • Assistant Professor of Research in Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College 2011-2022
  • Instructor, Weill Cornell Medical College 2008-2011                                  
  • PhD, Washington State University 2004
  • MS, University of New Orleans 1994
  • BA, Eastern Illinois University 1991

Selected Professional Activities: 

  • Faculty Advisor for the Neuroscience Honor Society (Nu Rho Psi).
  • Featured article for World Mental Health Day Collection 2021, Communications Biology. https://www.nature.com/collections/jjhjdhaiig.
  • Teaching Award, Washington State University, Fall 2000.
  • Teaching Award, Cameron University, Fall, 1998.