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Neuroscience (NEUS) Program Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Research

Chemogenetically activated astrocytes in the nucleus accumbens.

Chemogenetically activated astrocytes in the nucleus accumbens.

The Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience group includes students and faculty from diverse fields whose fundamental goal is to understand the biological basis of behavior. This multidisciplinary group shares common interests in the neurobiology of monoamine systems, peptide transmitters and psychostimulant drug actions. Ongoing research projects employ an array of sophisticated neurochemical, electrophysiological, computational, imaging, neuroanatomical and behavioral assays to investigate the mechanisms underlying normal brain function as well as neurological, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

Research Collaborations

Areas of Interest

Techniques Employed

  • Ingestive behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Regulation of executive function
  • Learning and memory
  • Psychostimulant drugs and ADHD
  • Stress, anxiety and PTSD
  • Sleep and arousal
  • Locomotion and neural networks
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Whole-cell patch clamp
  • Multi-electrode, single-unit recording
  • Sleep electrophysiology
  • Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry
  • Molecular profiling
  • Quantitative real-time PCR
  • Behavioral assays
  • Tract-tracing and immunohistochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Optogenetics
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Disease and injury models

Neurobiology and Anatomy Faculty

Microbiology and Immunology Faculty

Pharmacology and Physiology Faculty