Ryan T LaLumiere, PhD

LaLumiereRT
Psychology
Assistant Professor
Summary statement: 

Neurobiology of drug addiction and neurobiology of memory consolidation

Office phone: 
(319) 335-3657
Office number: 
E218
Office building: 
SSH
Lab phone: 
(319) 335-2404
Lab room number: 
419
Lab building: 
SLP

My laboratory focuses on two lines of research: the neural circuitry underlying memory consolidation and the neurobiology underlying cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. In our memory consolidation work, we use optogenetics in combination with different types of learning tasks in rats to elucidate the neural pathways that underlie the consolidation of different types of memories. In particular, we focus on amygdala interactions with a variety of brain regions to understand the modulation of memory processes. In our cocaine seeking work, we use a drug self-administration model in order to understand the relapse back to drug-seeking behavior. Using this model of drug seeking, we investigate the neural systems that drive this behavior, with a particular focus on the medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.

“I love living in Iowa City! While it is a small town, there are plenty of cultural events going on all the time. Obviously, one of the most important aspects to me is the music scene. The music venues in Iowa City work hard to constantly bring in nationally-touring up-and-coming bands. The Blue Moose, Gabes, The Mill, and the Yacht Club have live music almost nightly, so you always have an opportunity to see a great show. The Bijou is an indie movie theater that shows awesome films for only $3. With the Writers' Workshop here, authors are frequently brought in to do readings and book talks, and the Iowa City Public Library is fantastic. The best thing about all of these is that they are cheap! Honestly, I am NEVER bored here! ”