Manoela Fogaca is appointed Assistant Professor at Rochester University

Manoela Fogaca will start her independent, tenure track position in the Department of Pharmacology at Rochester University on February 1, 2023. Students and postdocs, look out for this great new PI!

Newest Picciotto Lab paper: Zhou et al. (2022) published in Science Adv.

Dopamine is not the whole story for reward! We found a VTA GABA projection to ventral pallidum that encodes reward and does not change with experience. Is this the information needed for proper prediction error calculation?

2022 Picciotto Lab paper: Mineur et al. (2022) published in Mol Psy.

This early January, our newest paper entitled “Hippocampal acetylcholine modulates stress-related behaviors independent of specific cholinergic inputs” has been published in Molecular Psychiatry. Using a combination of optogenetic, chemogenetic and pharmacological approaches, this study demonstrates the role of ACh release in the hippocampus in stress-induced behaviors. You can read the paper here.

Congratulations to Yann Mineur, Ian Etherington, Chika Ogbejesi, Richard Crouse, Wenliang Zhou and the rest of the authors!

Ian passed his Doctoral Quals!

Last December, our grad student Ian Etherington passed the qualifying examinations for the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP) at Yale!



Rafael won the 2021 Kavli Postdoctoral Award for Academic Diversity

Our postdoc Rafael Perez recently won the 2021 Kavli Postdoctoral Award for Academic Diversity, given by the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine. This award aims to support exceptional scholars who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds to academic research, including those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences. Congratulations Raf!!

More info here.