Karla Kaun Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Robert and Nancy Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

I'm interested in understanding the genetic, molecular and neural mechanisms underlying reward. We do this by looking at how memories for appetitive stimuli are encoded in the brain and how drugs of abuse affect the molecular pathways in these circuits to result in aberrant motivational response. We use a number of approaches to answer these questions including behavior, molecular biology, biochemistry and systems neuroscience. The lab is currently: 1) developing new behavioral models to study memory for alcohol intoxication, 2) using molecular genetics approaches to map circuits for aversive and appetitive memories of alcohol, 3) using live imaging to study how these circuit act in vivo while an animal is behaving, and 4) investigating the molecular mechanisms within these circuits that affect neuronal plasticity and function. 

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