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Gallo Center
Emeryville CA

Andrew Kayser

University of California

Linda Wilbrecht

University of California

San Francisco
Mission Bay Campus
Kevin Bender
Robert Edwards
Howard Fields
Patricia Janak
Dorit Ron
Jennifer Whistler

San Francisco
VA Medical Center
Steven Batki
Joshua Woolley
Gallo Investigators
Patricia Janak

Patricia Janak, PhD

Professor of Neurology, UCSF
Howard J. Weinberger, MD, Endowed Chair in Addiction Research, UCSF
Member, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Member, Program in Biological Sciences
Member, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
Phone: (415) 502-7382


Addiction is a behavioral phenomenon that depends critically upon experience with the drug, and upon the modulation of drug-related behavior by conditioning. Therefore, to understand the underlying neural basis for alcohol and drug addiction, we need to investigate neuronal function in real-time, within animal models of addictive behavior. Our laboratory uses extracellular ensemble neurophysiological recording to measure the activity of neurons in awake-behaving rodents during the operant self-administration of alcohol, other drugs of abuse, and natural rewards. These studies examine the contribution of neural activity patterns within the brain reward circuitry to alcohol and drug-seeking behavior. We also use behavioral pharmacological techniques to understand the contribution of specific neurochemical and neuroanatomical systems to the effects of alcohol on behavior. We are especially interested in the mechanisms that underlie the ability of conditioned cues and contexts to drive reward-seeking behavior.

Lab Members

Mike Gill, Senior Researcher
Ronald Keiflin, Specialist
Woody Hopf, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ben Saunders, Post-doctoral Fellow
Zayra Millan, Post-doctoral Fellow
Zack Chadick, Post-doctoral Fellow
Rebecca Reese, Staff Research Associate
Jeff Simms, Staff Research Associate
Kate Vitale, Graduate Student
Alex Loucks, Graduate Student


Patricia Janak's publications

5858 Horton Street, Suite 200
Emeryville, CA 94608
Phone: (510) 985-3109

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