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Dr. Ana Clara Bobadilla


Assistant Professor, WWAMI Medical Education Program   | Health Sciences Ctr |   


Bobadilla Lab

The lab currently investigates the neurobiological mechanisms of relapse to drugs. Specifically, we characterize the specific ensembles of neurons built through reward experience that drive reward-seeking behavior. By establishing whether or not addictive drugs highjack the circuitry/ensembles coding for biological rewards, these findings aim to advance fundamental understanding of goal-directed behaviors and the disorders altering them.


Dr. Adam C. Nelson

Assistant Professor, Zoology/Physiology                                                                    adamnelson  |Biological Sciences Bldg 200A |  

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Nelson Lab

Discovering how genes, neural circuits, and sensory systems give rise to complex social relationships.

Mammals often display intricate social organization, from dominance hierarchies to social netw orks, and this organization arises from individuals following simple rules of interaction and communication. How does the brain enable meaningful social interactions with other group members? 

The goal of our group is to address, from a genetic and neural perspective, how the brain integrates sensory and physiological information to control behavior in a group setting.  We use many different approaches, from behavioral ecology to neuroscience, to understand how the activity of neural circuits is linked to behavioral patterns that underlie organization of the group. Techniques such as long-term automated behavioral analysis, genetics, electrophysiology, circuit characterization, and manipulation of neural activity advance us toward a better understanding of how mice are able to develop stable social hierarchies and networks.


Contact Us

Dr. Qian-Quan Sun, SBC Director, Professor

Department of Zoology and Physiology

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5602



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