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Stress, Depression and Addiction


Our lab is interested in understanding the neurobiology of addictive behavior, especially as it pertains to co-morbid psychiatric disorders. More specifically, we examine neural and behavioral changes that accompany late-stage dependence on alcohol and nicotine. We are interested in exploring the interface of addiction with neural circuits that mediate reactivity to traumatic stressors, as well as states of high-anxiety and pain. We utilize a variety of behavioral, pharmacological, molecular, and cellular techniques to ask and answer these questions.

If you would like to contact the lab, or you are interested in the possibility of joining the lab, please email Dr. Nicholas Gilpin at