Sam Dolzani

Graduate Student
Institute for Behavioral Genetics

Institute for Behavioral Genetics
University of Colorado Boulder
447 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0447

Mentors: Stephen Maier & John Hewitt 

Research Interests: I am primarily interested in the intrinsic mechanisms of synaptic plasticity underlying reward-related behaviors, such as psychostimulant addiction. I am also interested in studying the comorbidity between stress and substance abuse at the molecular, cellular, systems, and behavioral level, as well as the neural mechanisms underlying stress resilience. I plan to use optogenetic interrogation coupled with in vivo electrophysiological recordings to study these specific behavioral phenomena.