Biosciences Graduate Program

Ryan T. LaLumiere, PhD


Assistant Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: E219 SH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-3657

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BS, Psychology, Mount St Mary's College
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of California-Irvine

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Research Summary

My laboratory focuses on two lines of research: the neural circuitry underlying memory consolidation and the neurobiology underlying cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. In our memory consolidation work, we use optogenetics in combination with different types of learning tasks in rats to elucidate the neural pathways that underlie the consolidation of different types of memories. In particular, we focus on amygdala interactions with a variety of brain regions to understand the modulation of memory processes. In our cocaine seeking work, we use a drug self-administration model in order to understand the relapse back to drug-seeking behavior. Using this model of drug seeking, we investigate the neural systems that drive this behavior, with a particular focus on the medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.

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