Former Predoctoral IRTA Fellow, Behavioral Neurophysiology Neuroscience Section
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M.S. - Neuroscience University at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
B.S. - Agricultural Biotechnology State University of New York at Cobleskill - Cobleskill, NY
Our lab and others have previously shown that dorsomedial striatal (DMS) cholinergic interneurons (CINs) are important for guiding situationally-appropriate behavior. Interestingly, CINs are activated by cocaine and are implicated in the regulation of extinction learning to cocaine-context associations. Thus, cocaine use may disrupt DMS CIN encoding of current state representations and lead to the situationally-inappropriate behavior commonly observed in sufferers of drug addiction. Currently, I am using in vivo electrophysiology during an odor-guided choice task to investigate how prior cocaine exposure alters state encoding in neuron populations within the striatum and cortical regions.