PHARMACOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS

Chris Tschumi

 
Chris Tscumi

Hometown

Los Angeles, California


Education

BA, Psychology

California State University Long Beach - Long Beach, California


Lab Association

Michael Beckstead, Ph.D.


Hobbies and Interests

Playing Piano, Traveling, and Hiking


Research

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.