BIG LAB NEWS! Congratulations to our first PhD Alum Dr. John Hernandez! John successfully defended his dissertation and is off to do his postdoc in the lab of Dr. Karla Kaun at Brown University. Well done Dr. Hernandez!
Jessica Caballero was awarded a Dissertation Grant from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. She will use this award to further her studies on the role of the prefrontal cortex in action control. Congratulations Jessica!
Come see presentations by members of the Moorman lab (and Moorman/Vazey lab) at the 2018 Society for Neuroscience conference:
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Session 163 – Animal Cognition and Behavior: Executive Function: Learning and Memory I
163.15 / DDD14 – Do medial prefrontal neurons encode predicted value of a cue or the action elicited by a cue during classical conditioning?
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Session 242 – Animal Cognition and Behavior: Executive Function: Inhibitory Control
242.13 / DDD8 – Influence of medial prefrontal subregion inactivation on action control using a variable ratio go/no-go task
Carol den Hartog
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Session 601 – Drugs of Abuse and Addiction: Alcohol: Neural Mechanisms II
601.20 / GGG16 – Effects of chronic ethanol and stress on spontaneous and sensory-evoked responses of locus coeruleus noradrenergic neurons
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Session 782 – Subcortical Mechanisms in Motivated Behaviors and Physiological States
782.18 / GGG19 – Target-specific effects of hypocretin/orexin neuron activation on seeking-taking behavior in the rat
New publication in collaboration with Elena Vazey and Gary Aston-Jones in PNAS!
In other great news, the Moorman lab was awarded a Neural and Cognitive Systems grant from NSF, in collaboration with Guangyu Xu and Genglin Li, from UMass Amherst, and Ethan Meyers from Hampshire College. Very excited about this collaborative work
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It is with great pride and sadness that we bid a fond farewell to Samantha Rios, who is leaving us to begin her graduate career in neuroscience at OHSU. We also say goodbye to Ellen Rodberg, from the Vazey Lab (a onetime Moorman Lab member), who is starting graduate school in neuroscience at the University of Michigan.
Fortunately, we have found an excellent new lab-manager/research assistant in Maddy Berkowitz-Cerasano, who joins us as a recent alum of Mount Holyoke College. Maddy is already off to an incredible start getting the lab in shape and making progress on some of our orbitofrontal cortex studies. Welcome Maddy!
As always, David is behind in updating the Lab Members page, but promises that he’ll get to it ASAP.
Some delays in updates, in part due to the new Vazoorman Lab member:
but here’s some news..
New reviews from the Moorman and Vazey Labs out now – all related to alcohol use and the orbitofrontal cortex, the hypocretin/orexin and dynorphin systems, and the locus coeruleus noradrenergic system. Up next – get ready for some awesome papers from Jessica and John from the Moorman Lab and a collaboration with the Vazey Lab (coming soon!).
Congratulations to our graduating seniors – Sherry Ye, who will be starting the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Emory this fall, and Stephanie Fedorchak, who will be starting the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UTHSCSA. Sherry will be joined at Emory by Vazey Lab alum Michael Kelberman. So much neuro-greatness! We are looking forward to having these future neuroscientists as colleagues in the coming years. Congrats also to Myeongseong Jong who is off to medical school in Singapore!
We also welcome Ariel Burman, a graduate student in Neuroscience at the Engineering School in University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the direction of Dr. Sergio Lew and Dr. Silvano Zanutto. Ariel is joining us for the summer/fall on a Fulbright Scholarship. He will be working on neurophysiological studies of motor control and decision making. We are very happy he is joining us!
More info coming soon, including updates on this year’s SfN presentations from the Moorman Lab.
Come see the Moorman Lab at SfN in Washington DC:
On Saturday, 11/11 John Hernandez will present his results on DREADD inactivation of OFC neurons during alcohol seeking and Samantha Rios will present her data on individual differences in alcohol taste reactivity.
On Sunday, 11/12 Jessica Caballero will present her study of dorsal vs. ventral mPFC inactivation and reward seeking.
On Monday, 11/13 Beata Kaminska will present her findings involving mPFC neuronal activity during appetitive and aversive conditioning.
Finally, on Tuesday, 11/14, come see the minisymposium on the Functional Diversity of Prefrontal Cortical Regions and Networks, chaired by David (who will present, too).
New publications! First, check out an update on where we are now RE: orexin/hypocretin and addiction, with Morgan James, Steve Mahler, David Moorman, and Gary Aston-Jones.
Next, see our new collaborative work on alcohol, stress, and cognition with the Vazey lab and the Becker lab. Congrats Ellen Rodberg and Carol den Hartog!
The Moorman Lab welcomes our newest member – Dr. Christopher Perk who is starting as a postdoctoral fellow to study the role of the hypocretin/orexin system in motivation and addiction. Chris joins us from the University of Otago where he received his PhD in the Department of Anatomy.
In addition, we re-welcome Samantha Rios, who started as an undergraduate researcher in the lab and is now joining us as a SPUR/PREP student for 2017-2018. Sam will be working as part of the prefrontal/orbitofrontal alcohol team and has already made some substantial contributions to this project.
Finally, big welcome to our newest undergraduate members: Stephanie Fedorchak and Owen Jordan – working on the INIA Stress projects and Sophie Jackson – working on prefrontal cortex studies with Jessica.
It’s shaping up to be an awesome summer. More to come (and updated bios soon – promise!).
This is potentially pretty exiting – (very) preliminary new results from the Moorman Lab Miniscope team (Kathy Tran and Peter Chiknas). Watch this space…