Substance abuse and addiction are prominent issues in today's society, significantly impacting people's health and the lives of their families and friends.
Our goal is to uncover why drug abuse and addiction develop in certain individuals and produce research which results in the development of treatments for those individuals. The underlying neural pathways and neurochemistry responsible for regulating processes associated with addiction and the behaviors driving motivated drug seeking and consumption are not yet fully understood.
Though advancements have been made in recording and quantifying the effects of drugs on neural function, further examination is needed to know the mechanisms behind drug abuse and addiction and their associated motivated behaviors.
Using cutting edge techniques, our labs focus on wide-ranging aspects of this multifaceted problem from molecular pathways to systems level processing, aiming to translate basic research findings into meaningful approaches to treatment.
+ indicates accepting MS students, * indicates accepting PhD students
Jeffrey L. Weiner+*
Research Interests: Neural substrates underlying vulnerability and resilience to alcohol use disorder and comorbid conditions like PTSD, anxiety and depressive disorders.
Kenneth Tucker Kishida+*
Research Interests: Human cognition, decision-making, computational psychiatry, dopamine, serotonin, human neuroimaging, translational neuroscience
Research Interests: Addiction, pain, neuroimaging, clinical, alcohol, neural circuits, brain stimulation
Ryan M. Drenan+*
Research Interests: The physiological processes regulated by native nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), a large family of ligand gated ion channel proteins.
Research Interests: Substance abuse, sleep, CNS disorders
Research Interests: Dopamine neurochemistry of drug and alcohol addiction; mouse and rat models of substance abuse
Brian A. McCool*
Research Interests: Cell and molecular neurophysiology of alcohol abuse and anxiety-related behaviors
Paul J. Laurienti*
Research Interests: Brain; Nerve Net; Attention; Aging; Auditory Perception
Kimberly Francis Raab-Graham*
Research Interests: Local protein synthesis, depression, autism, alcohol use disorder, Alzheimer's disease, ion channels, GABAB receptors, mTORC1, calcium imaging, proteomics
Mark John Ferris*
Research Interests: Learning, motivated behavior, dopamine, acetylcholine, nicotine, psychostimulants, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, individual differences, drug addition, self-administration, HIV, NeuroAIDS
Research Interests: Nicotine; Smoking; Smoking Cessation; Tobacco Use Disorder; Reinforcement (Psychology)
Robert E. Hampson*
Research Interests: Mechanisms of brain information processing, models of memory, effects of drugs of abuse on memory, and neural prosthetics
Research Interests: Dopamine Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins; Dopamine; Amphetamine: behavior, Animal; Feeding Behavior
Research Interests: Neuropharmacology, Signal transduction Cell Biology, Cannabinoid Receptors, Endocannabinoids
Dwayne W. Godwin+:
Research Interests: Epilepsy, Alcohol, Memory, MEG
Michael A. Nader
Research Interests: Social variables affect physiology, pharmacology, neuro-chemistry, behavior in monkeys
Research Interests: The roles of meso-accumbens neurotransmitter systems in food-directed motivation
Research Interests: Nonhuman primate models of substance abuse: behavioral pharmacology and brain imaging
Laura J. Veach
Research Interests: Substance Abuse, Addiction Counseling
Research Interests: Neuroimaging, Substance Abuse, Primate, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetoencephalography
Elizabeth H. Shilling
Research Interests: Alcoholism, Addiction Counseling
James C. Eisenach
Research Interests: Addiction and substance abuse, behavioral and systems neurobiology
Thomas 'Jeff' Martin
Research Interests: How pain and drugs of abuse alter cognitive processes, including attention and impulsivity, and the role of discrete cortical and limbic circuit.