Mami Otaka

Contact

269 Crawford Hall
412-624-3175
mao79@pitt.edu

Education

BS, Washington State University (2014)

Focus

Neuroplasticity in motivated behavior

Publications

Neumann, P.A., Ishikawa, M., Otaka, M., Huang, Y.H., SchlŸter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Increased Excitability of Lateral Habenula Neurons following Cocaine Self-administration. (Submitted to Addiction Biology Dec 2013).

Ishikawa, M., Otaka, M., Huang, Y.H., Neumann, P.A., Winters, B.D., Grace, A.A., SchlŸter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Dopamine Triggers Heterosynaptic Plasticity. J Neurosci. Apr 17; 33(16): 6759-65, 2013.

Otaka, M., Ishikawa, M., Lee, B.R., Liu, L., Neumann, P.A., Cui, R., Huang, Y.H., SchlŸter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Exposure to Cocaine Regulates Inhibitory Synaptic Transmission in the Nucleus Accumbens. J Neurosci. Apr 17; 33(16): 6753-8, 2013.

Ishikawa, M., Otaka, M., Neumann, P.A., Wang, Z., Cook, J., SchlŸter, O.M., Dong, Y. and Huang, Y. Exposure to cocaine regulates inhibitory synaptic transmission from the ventral tegmental area to nucleus accumbens. Journal of Physiology. Oct 1;591(Pt 19): 4827-41, 2013.

Lee, B.R., Ma, Y.Y., Huang, Y.H., Wang, X., Otaka, M., Ishikawa, M., Neumann, P.A., Graziane, N.M., Brown, T.E., Suska, A., Guo, C., Lobo, M.K., Sesack, S.R., Wolf, M.E., Nestler, E.J., Shaham, Y., SchlŸter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Maturation of Silent Synapses in Amygdala-accumbens Projection Contributes to Incubation of Cocaine Craving. Nature Neuroscience, Nov;16(11): 1644-51, 2013.