Taniguchi Laboratory

Taniguchi lab aims to better understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms of gene expression underlying pathological behaviors in substance use disorder and stress-related mental disorders. Among the many symptoms in these brain-behavior diseases, we focus on reward-related behaviors, such as reward-seeking, the ability to experience a hedonic state, and motivation toward a natural and/or drug reward. We use a combination of molecular biology techniques and rodent behavior assays to accomplish this research theme.