Laboratory Assistant III
UC Irvine - Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
- Drug Addiction and Learning and Memory Research: Investigated the long-term effects of psychostimulant drugs on the brain and behavior, specifically neurobehavioral consequences of methamphetamine addiction; NIH/NIDA-funded research was aimed at developing a reliable behavioral test to assess deficits and improvements in animal models of methamphetamine-induced cognitive impairments.
- Designed and executed experimental protocols of attentional set-shift tasks, reversal-learning tasks, and object recognition tasks to test rats pre-treated with various neurotoxic binge-dose and escalating sensitizing-dose regimens of methamphetamine and other amphetamine derivatives
- Performed data and statistical analyses for quarterly reports to NIDA, assisted with transcardial perfusions and brain-harvesting, cryosectioned brains for immunohistochemistry; was also trained to test cocaine-induced conditioned place preference in rats