Ryan T LaLumiere, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Neurobiology of drug addiction and neurobiology of memory consolidation

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(319) 335-3657
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(319) 335-2404
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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 like to describe Iowa City as a small town, with a big city feel. The town is great to live in for a graduate student: cost of living is low, it is a very safe city, and a ton of activities. Iowa City is perfectly located within driving distance to several bigger cities: Des Moines (2 hours), Chicago (3.5 hours), Madison (3 hours), and Minneapolis (5 hours). Whether it's the summer jazz festival, film festivals, live bands, or the farmer's market, there are cultural events year-round that give you the chance to get out and have some fun. ”