Dr. Cushing’s research program is focused on understanding the neurobiology of social behavior in the prairie (Microtus ochrogaster), with a focus on how drugs of abuse affect the social brain.
The primary goal of Dr. Mendez’s research is to understand how the circuits of the brain reward system become dysregulated and how these changes contribute to impairments in motivational, hedonic, and cognitive processes.
Dr. Serafine's research program uses animal models to study the factors (such as age, sex, and diet) that contribute to vulnerability to drug abuse.
The major interest of Dr Han’s lab research is the neurobiological basis of behavioral plasticity such as learning, memory and drug addiction.
Dr. O’Dell’s research program is focused on the neural mechanisms that mediate addiction to drugs of abuse.
The work in Dr. Narayan’s laboratory focuses on mitigating reactive oxygen species (ROS)-related oxidative damage to protein disulfide isomerase (PDI).
The Miranda laboratory investigates the mechanisms of regulation of activity for different neurotransmitter transporters in the brain.
Dr. Iniguez's preclinical research program examines how early life exposure to psychotropic drugs, as well as stress, increases drug-liability in adulthood.