Student working on a research project.

Neuropeptide Mechanisms Underlying Addiction

Research in my laboratory studies the behavioral and neurochemical mechanisms associated with prolonged cocaine exposure and then how these changes mediate increased vulnerability to relapse during periods of abstinence. This research is conducted in an animal model of cocaine abuse. Undergraduate research associates will learn basic laboratory procedures for the study of neurochemistry (e.g., chromatography, immunohistochemistry, preparation and administration of drugs to the brain)and behavior (e.g., rodent handling procedures, operant conditioning, and measurement of defensive behavior indicative of anxiety). Students may have the opportunity to participate in many or all aspects of the research process, including, idea generation, data collection, data analysis, and communication of the findings.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Psychology, Neuroscience
Student Skill-Set Needed: Coursework in behavioral neuroscience or equivalent, interest in psychology , neuroscience, and research, laboratory experience (helpful, but not required), course work in research methods (helpful, but not required)
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Alexis Thompson
Title: Researcher
Department: Research Institute On Addictions (RIA)
Office: 1021 Main Street
Phone: 716 887 2243