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.

“Iowa City is a semi - small town centralized around the University and conjoined Hospital. All of the amenities necessary are easily accessible. Iowa City holds an excellent night life and has an emphasis on local everything (coffee, food, etc..). As UIowa is a large university, there are endless activities to be had. The new rec and numerous trails satisfy your exercise and outdoor craving needs. Coming from the larger city of Pittsburgh, I would equate the cultures as both outgoing and open-minded. A more positive aspect of Iowa City over a larger city is the slower feel to the town. Graduate life can be very stressful, so the safety of the town and lack of a dense population make an already busy life easier to manage. ”