Exploring Neurobiology, Individual differences and Gut-microbiome Mechanisms within Addiction

Who are we?

Our team is composed of faculty, graduate students, and research assistants interested in the experimental study of substance use from a biopsychosocial perspective. Our research combines behavioral measures, molecular biology methods, neuroimaging techniques, and high throughput 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing to better understand the causes and consequences of substance use behavior. Because this work involves acute administration of various cannabis products, our research also makes use of a Mobile Drug Administration Laboratory which adheres to federal guidelines restricting cannabis administration in academic research.

We disseminate our work through research publications, participation in scientific conferences and community engagement. Our work is both translational and highly interdisciplinary, combining psychology, neuroscience, immunology, and genetics in the service of improving our understanding of addictive processes and ultimately improving treatment options


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Our research supports a connection between endogenous cannabinoid system signaling and behavior related to addictive substances, specifically alcohol craving and consumption. Our research aims to explore this connection and provide much needed insight into the use and co-use of alcohol and cannabis among other psychoactive substances.

advancing human research on addiction