Faculty

Research in Professor Ettenberg's Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory has focused primarily on the neurobiological substrates underlying reinforced and motivated behaviors.

Michael Gourd

The overarching goal of my research is to better understand how the mammalian neocortex processes and stores incoming sensory information. To this end, my lab employs large-scale two-photon calcium imaging, multi-unit electrophysiology, and optogenetic manipulation of neural activity in behaving mice. For more information on current projects, please refer to my lab page.

Not accepting graduate applications

Research in our laboratory is broadly centered on issues having to do with the biology of mammalian vision.

Dr. Janusonis’s research focuses on the neurobiological causes of autism. He is particularly interested in multidisciplinary approaches that combine experimental work in wild-type and transgenic mice, mathematical modeling and data from human studies.

Ron Keiflin

Our lab is interested in the behavioral and neural mechanisms that guide associative learning and decision-making. More specifically, we are interested in three main questions:

1. How do organisms learn the predictive relationship between events—particularly as it relates to rewards?

2. How do organisms exploit associative memories to make adaptive decisions and produce efficient reward-seeking behaviors?

3. How are learning and decision-making processes altered in neuropsychiatric disorders such as addiction and schizophrenia?

Tod Kippin

My research interests lie in understanding the parameters that govern the action of cellular components of the nervous system that produce coordinated behavioral, endocrine, and cognitive processes.

Dr. Reese's research focuses on the comparative organization of the retina and visual pathways, on the clinical relevance of that organization in humans, and on the developmental events which underlie it.

My primary research goal is to elucidate the cellular and network mechanisms by which neural circuitry functions. During sensory perception, neural circuitry processes information by filtering, amplifying, and integrating electrical signals. My work focuses on uncovering the underpinnings of such processes using electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, intrinsic signal optical imaging and behavioral analyses. One of my key interests is to understand the role of neuronal dendrites in processing information. Much like axons, dendrites are capable of firing electrical spikes.

Dr. Szumlinski’s major research interest concerns the cellular mechanisms underlying the changes in brain and behaviour produced by chronic exposure to drugs of abuse, in particular psychomotor stimulants and alcohol.