Los Angeles, California
California State University Long Beach - Long Beach, California
Hobbies and Interests
Playing Piano, Traveling, and Hiking
Feeding and drug abuse exhibit a complex relationship, and dopamine neurons of the ventral midbrain likely contribute to these effects. Chris performs patch clamp electrophysiology in rodent brain slices to investigate the effects of feeding signals on synaptic transmission and the intrinsic conductances responsible for the excitability of individual neurons. This work will improve our understanding of the interplay between dopamine neuron excitability and motivated behavior such as feeding and drug self-administration.