Current Research Projects

  • Elucidating the regional specificity of dopamine's control over cue-elicited behaviors
  • The acute and long-term effects of stress on dopamine release and behavior
  • Neural circuits mediating changes in subjective preference
  • Delineating astrocyte-neuron interactions within the ventral midbrain


  • Dopamine's role in changing subjective preference (R21; DA042362)
  • Targeting astrocytes as a novel strategy to reduce cocaine self-administration (San Antonio Life Sciences Institute)