Our Research

Antonieta Lavin

Research Focus

Drug Addiction

The lab employs a range of electrophysiological, molecular and behavioral techniques to understand how abused substances hijack brain function to promote addiction-related behaviors. Through identification of the electrophysiological and biophysical changes occurring at the level of specific neuronal types or synapses following repeated exposure to drugs of abuse, we ultimately seek to inform new selective potential therapeutics for treating drug addiction.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The Lavin Lab investigates the synaptic and cellular mechanisms underlying the excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) balance in the PFC. Disruptions in the E/I balance in PFC is a core feature of many neurodevelopmental disorders and is correlated with various cognitive deficits. Using electrophysiological, molecular and behavioral techniques, the lab seeks to understand how genetic mutations affect E/I balance with the goal of identify selective mechanisms that can be targeted for treatment of cognitive deficits.