Project | 01
Neural mechanisms of compulsive-like alcohol drinking
We are using chemogenetics and genetic models to investigate the neural mechanisms of punishment-resistant alcohol drinking.
Funding: R15 AREA grant (AKR)
F99 DSPAN grant (EAS)
Project | 02
Sex differences in alcohol drinking behaviors
We are exploring how sex hormones and chromosomes contribute to female vulnerability to alcohol drinking behaviors.
Funding: F99 DSPAN grant (EAS)
Project | 03
Neural mechanisms of opioid reward and aversion
We are using chemogenetics to explore the contribution of VTA/NAc circuits to opioid-mediated reward and aversion. This work is funded through internal grants from Miami University.
Project | 04
Early life stress model of co-morbid PTSD and alcohol use disorder
In collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Quinn, we are investigating how exposure to a traumatic event in infancy can enhance fear learning and alcohol drinking.
Funding: R21 grant (AKR and JJQ)