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pathological forms of experience-dependent plasticity.

are encoded in the brain to enable both normal and

Our goal is to understand how we learn - how memories

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strategies to better map and manipulate neuronal circuits.

novel molecular reagents, including viral-genetic

Part of the lab will be focused on developing

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neural ensembles is changed in pathological states.

neural substrates of motivated behavior and how activity of these

The other major focus of the lab will be on elucidating the

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The lab will originally have four areas of investigation:

1) Elucidating the neural substrates of drug addiction and identifying sources of individual addiction variability
2), Identifying & modulating molecules/circuits that promote behaviors associated with mood disorders such as anxiety and anhedonia
3) Mapping circuit pathology in neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers
4) Technology development to further our investigation of biological questions

Recent Publications

Primary Research Articles: 1. Beier KT, Gao XJ, Xie S, DeLoach KE, Malenka RC, Luo L, 2019. Topological organization of ventral tegmental area connectivity revealed by viral-genetic dissection of input-output relations. Cell Reports 26(1): 159-167.  PDF 2. Weber F, Do JPH, Chung S, Beier KT, Bikov…

News

Erick was nominated by the School of Medicine for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research! This award is given by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and seeks to recognize a student's outstanding research accomplishments. UROP will be sharing a video recognizing…
The Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD students is intended to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising predoctoral students who are pursuing a dual-doctoral degree. 
Mehr was chosen by the Honors Committee to receive a Robert Ernst Prize in Biological Sciences for her 2021-2022 Excellence in Research project. Awardees will be honored at the Bio Sci Honors Convocation on Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at 6:30PM.  Dr. Robert Ernst received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences…
Ghalia was chosen by the Honors Committee to receive a Poster Award for her 2021-2022 Excellence in Research Project. Awardees will be honored at the Bio Sci Honors Convocation on Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at 6:30PM.  As part of the Excellence in Research program, students submitted posters which summarized…

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