Greg Engel

Assistant Professor

(802) 468-1239
Jeffords Center
Room 206-B
233 South Street


Dr. Greg Engel joined the Department of Psychological Sciences at Castleton University in 2016. He is an expert on behavioral genetics, using fruit flies to study genes that impact the behavioral response to alcohol.

In the classroom he tries to bridge the gap that is sometimes mistakenly perceived between psychology and biology, by placing mental and behavioral phenomena in the context of the brain.


Ph.D., University of Vermont
B.A., Colby College



  • Engel G.L., Marella S., Kaun K., Wu J., Adhikari P., Kong E.C., Wolf F.W. Sir2/Sirt1 links acute inebriation to presynaptic changes and the development of alcohol tolerance, preference, and reward. J Neurosci (2016), doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0499-16.2016
  • Engel G.L. and Rand M.D. The Notch target E(spl)mδ is a muscle-specific gene involved in methylmercury toxicity in motor neuron development. Neurotoxicol Teratol (2014), doi: 10.1016/
  • Engel G.L., Delwig A., Rand M.D. The effects of methylmercury on Notch signaling during embryonic neural development in Drosophila melanogaster. Toxicol in Vitro (2012), doi:10.1016/j.tiv.2011.12.014


  • Neurobiology of Drosophila – A Sir2-dependent presynaptic mechanism for ethanol behavioral plasticity. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, September 29-October 3, 2015
  • Neuroscience 2013 – Ethanol-Induced Epigenetic Modifications Mediate Behavioral Plasticity. San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, November 9-13, 2013