Neurobiology of Behavior in Addiction Laboratory

The goal of this research is to identify novel pharmacological and behavioral interventions for the treatment of nicotine abuse, and explore the neurobiological substrates of addiction.

Our lab examines the neurobiology of nicotine addiction and relapse by investigating nicotine-induced changes in synaptic strength, with a focus on alterations in the glial glutamate transporter and the GluN2B subunit of the glutamate NMDA receptor.  This has the potential to reveal novel neurobiological mechanisms of nicotine addiction, and could contribute to the development of novel therapeutic options aimed at reversing nicotine-induced neurobiological alterations.

Opportunity Info
Course Info
Course Credit: 
PSY 399; PSY 499
Lab Director(s): 
Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, PhD