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Cody Wenthur

Cody Wenthur

Expert on addiction, vaccine design for abused drugs, neuroplasticity and reward learning, allosteric modulators

Assistant Professor, Divisions of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences School of Pharmacy Work: 608-265-6743 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @WenthurLab


  • Drug reward and learning in addiction and substance use disorders, including opioids, stimulants, cannabinoids, and synthetic psychoactive drugs
  • Generation and use of vaccines against psychoactive small molecules as a means to treat drug overdose and addiction
  • Generation and use of compounds that alter learning and memory as assistance to behavioral therapies for psychiatric disorders


  • Developed the DISSECTIV method that uses antibodies to understand and mitigate the activity of psychoactive drug mixtures, as published in Nature.
  • Generated first-in-class glutamate-targeting compounds and used them to understand the role of this neurotransmitter in alteration of conditioned learning, as published in PNAS.
  • Provided expert input and interviews on addiction-related topics for print and radio outlets, including The Economist and C&EN.