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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

Aly won a UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation fellowship! So happy to see her efforts be rewarded, she's been doing an amazing job leading our undergraduate lab seminar/discussion course (informally called B-lab 101, now 102). Congrats Aly!!
Katrina Lee Bartas joins us as a graduate student from MCSB! Welcome Katrina!!
Congratulations to lab superstar Pieter for winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award in the Life Sciences - Artificial Intelligence group! The prestigious award will provide three years of funding for Pieter's exciting work. 🙂 We're proud of you…

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