Advisor: Brian Baldo
I am interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying motivated behavior. Work from our lab has shown that forebrain opioid circuits engender non-homeostatic feeding, and suggests that the function of these networks may extend to other reward-oriented behaviors. Meanwhile, sexual asymmetries are common in disorders of dysregulated motivation, such as eating and substance use disorders – including opioid addiction. My research aims at elucidating the influence of sex differences and hormones on opioid-driven behavior.