B.A. Psychology 05/2000 UT-Austin
M.S. Psychology 08/2003 Purdue Univ.
Ph.D. Psychology 05/2006 Purdue Univ.
My lab seeks to identify the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol dependence and stress disorders. We work to understand the neuropharmacology of drug reinforcement in the drug-dependent organism, and we are also interested in examining the neurobiological mechanisms of co-dependence on more than one drug. To answer these questions, we use techniques that include operant drug self-administration, acoustic startle reflex, tests of pain and mechanosensitivity, tests of anxiety-like behavior and locomotor activity, alcohol and nicotine vapor inhalation for induction of physical dependence, behavioral pharmacology, immunohistochemistry, and Western blots.
Director of Human Physiology for Dental Students (DENT 1115)
Director & Creator of Biostatistics for Basic Science Ph.D. Students
Lecturer in Human Physiology and Pathophysiology for Nursing students (HS 2410 & 3410)
Lecturer in Molecular Neurobiology (NEURO 250) for Ph.D. Students
Lecturer in Synaptic Organization of the Brain (ANAT 264) for Ph.D. Students
Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology for Ph.D. Students