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Images from the research at The Jessica Barson Laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Our laboratory investigates the neural basis of ingestive behavior, focusing on how the intake of reinforcing substances is affected by neuropeptides.

We use a multidisciplinary approach to examine the involvement of limbic neuropeptides in alcohol drinking and food intake. Techniques include quantitative real-time PCR, ELISA, immunohistochemistry, home-cage intake and operant self-administration, activity chamber locomotor behavior, hole board exploration, elevated plus maze anxiety, microinjections, tract-tracing and chemogenetics.

Jessica R. Barson, PhD, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor

Jessica R. Barson, PhD
Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor