Undergraduate education

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS, 1997

Years in MSTP



Neuroscience, 2007


Ann Kelley, PhD, and Charles Landry, PhD

Thesis title

The Transcriptional Response of the Forebrain to Cues Associated with Rewards that Have Abuse Potential


Psychiatry, University of California-San Francisco, 2008-2012


Child and adolescent psychiatry, University of California-San Francisco, 2012-2014

Current position

Medical director, Mission Family Center, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Undergraduate and masters publications

Focke PJ, Schiltz CA, Jones SE, Watters JJ, Epstein ML. Enteric neuroblasts require the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway for GDNF-stimulated proliferation. J Neurobiol. 2001 Jun 15;47(4):306-17. PMID: 11351341.

Schiltz CA, Benjamin J, Epstein ML. Expression of the GDNF receptors ret and GFRalpha1 in the developing avian enteric nervous system. J Comp Neurol. 1999 Nov 15;414(2):193-211. PMID: 10516591.

PhD publications

Schiltz CA, Bremer QZ, Landry CF, Kelley AE. Food-associated cues alter forebrain functional connectivity as assessed with immediate early gene and proenkephalin expression. BMC Biol. 2007 Apr 26;5:16. PMID: 17462082; PMCID: PMC1868707.

Hernandez PJ, Schiltz CA, Kelley AE. Dynamic shifts in corticostriatal expression patterns of the immediate early genes Homer 1a and Zif268 during early and late phases of instrumental training. Learn Mem. 2006 Sep-Oct;13(5):599-608. PMID: 17015857; PMCID: PMC1783614.

Schiltz CA, Kelley AE, Landry CF. Acute stress and nicotine cues interact to unveil locomotor arousal and activity-dependent gene expression in the prefrontal cortex. Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Jan 1;61(1):127-35. PMID: 16631128; PMCID: PMC1698504.

Schiltz CA. Habitual responding and the dorsal striatum. J Neurosci. 2006 Feb 15;26(7):1891-2. PMID: 16481419.

Kelley AE, Schiltz CA, Landry CF. Neural systems recruited by drug- and food-related cues: studies of gene activation in corticolimbic regions. Physiol Behav. 2005 Sep 15;86(1-2):11-4. PMID: 16139315.

Rouhana L, Wang L, Buter N, Kwak JE, Schiltz CA, Gonzalez T, Kelley AE, Landry CF, Wickens M. Vertebrate GLD2 poly(A) polymerases in the germline and the brain. RNA. 2005 Jul;11(7):1117-30. PMID: 15987818; PMCID: PMC1370796.

Schiltz CA, Kelley AE, Landry CF. Contextual cues associated with nicotine administration increase arc mRNA expression in corticolimbic areas of the rat brain. Eur J Neurosci. 2005 Mar;21(6):1703-11. PMID: 15845097; PMCID: PMC1388273.

Kelley AE, Schiltz CA. Accessories to addiction: G protein regulators play a key role in cocaine seeking and neuroplasticity. Neuron. 2004 Apr 22;42(2):181-3. PMID: 15091332.

Schroeder BE, Schiltz CA, Kelley AE. Neural activation profile elicited by cues associated with the anxiogenic drug yohimbine differs from that observed for reward-paired cues. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2003 Jan;28(1):14-21. PMID: 12496936.