David Self, Ph.D.
Daniel Guzman, Ph.D.
Educational background: Ph.D., Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
Current projects: The role of VTA NMDA receptors in drug addictive behaviors
Research Interests: Understanding reward related circuitry and behavior
What I do when I am in the lab: Curse because my western blot isn't working
What I do when I am outside of the lab: Pray my western blot will work
Ethan Anderson, Ph.D.
Educational background: Ph.D., Neuroscience University of Florida
Current projects: How does cocaine self-administration alter dendritic spines and cell signaling pathways in the brain?
Research Interests: Addiction, pain, behavioral models
What I do when I am in the lab: Try to fit in too many things in one day.
What I do when I am outside of the lab: Spend time with my family, watch movies, and waste time on the internet
Anne Marie Wissman, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Educational background: Ph.D., Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Washington
Current projects: Structural plasticity in the NAc in response to cocaine self-administration
Research Interests: Sex differences and hormone effects on adult brain plasticity
What I do when I am in the lab: Try not to get lost in the North Campus building maze
What I do when I am outside of the lab: Try not to get lost in Dallas
Amy Loriaux, Ph.D.
Educational background: Ph.D., Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago (Mentor, Dr. Mitch Roitman)
Current projects: I use an optogenetic approach in rats trained to self-administer cocaine to target two output pathways from the nucleus accumbens shell: the ventral pallidum and the ventral tegmental area. I use terminal stimulation of these outputs in order to characterize their respective roles in cocaine-related disruptions in motivation and mood. I also have been using immunohistochemical and Western blot techniques to measure changes in expression of proteins associated with plasticity at inhibitory synapses.
Research Interests: I am interested in how chronic drug use produces changes in the brain's affective circuits which drive further drug consumption and relapse. I am also interested in drug-related changes in inhibitory circuits in the ventral striatum.
What I do when I am in the lab: Surgeries, running rats in behavioral tests (cocaine self-administration, forced swim tests, sucrose preference tests, locomotor tests, extinction tests, reinstatement tests). Obtaining and analyzing brain tissue. Repeat.
What I do when I am outside of the lab: Jui-jitsu, kickboxing, fitness classes. Hanging out with husband. Writing up experiments.