Drug Abuse and Addictive Behavior

Cellular and circuitry mechanisms underlying pathological neural plasticity
Neuroimaging and behavioral studies of language, working memory, motivation, and learning.
Developing a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which synaptic vesicles dynamically load, retain and release neurotransmitters such as dopamine and how these processes contribute to neuropsychiatric illnesses
Neurophysiology of basal ganglia system related to psychiatric disorders.
Mechanism(s) of alcohol action.
Synaptic computation and neuromodulation in catecholaminergic neurons
Cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying drug addiction and sleep-mediated regulation of reward.
Circadian rhythms of psychiatric disorders
The molecular basis of psychiatric diseases.
Functional neuroanatomy of cortical and brainstem monoamine systems.
Cell and molecular biology of dopamine transporter
Rewards, emotions, and decision making.
Central neural control of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology.
Neurobiology and Pharmacology of Chronic Pain and Opioid Dependence