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Research Opportunities

Nicole M. Avena, Ph.D.

  • Research Area: Similarities between food intake and drug addiction, neurobiology of eating disorders
  • Study topics include: Assessment of food addiction in clinical populations, neurochemistry studies in preclinical models
  • Interested students should: Send a brief letter describing your interests and experience to Dr. Avena at navena@ufl.edu (**Note: Dr. Avena’s lab is in Princeton, NJ. Special arrangements may be made to work with motivated students.)

Lewis R. Baxter, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

  • Research Area: Neuropharmacology and Toxicology; Brain function in social behaviors; Treatment of Mood and Anxiety disorders and co-morbid addictions.
  • Study topics include: Opportunities for independent as well as directed laboratory work, related to above, especially studies using invertebrate models.

*Note: Presently lab has two UF undergraduate students and limited space until 2010-2011 academic year.

Regina Bussing, M.D.

  • Research Area: Child and Adolescent ADHD, OCD
  • Study topics include: 10 year longitudinal ADHD study exploring detection, service use, access to care, etc. Assist with publications including literature searches. Opportunity for Senior thesis.
  • Double-blind pediatric OCD treatment study includes CBT and study medication for 7-17 year olds. Assist with data entry, chart preparation, administering rating scales to children.
  • Interested students should: Contact study coordinator, Dana Mason, at 352-273-8540 or by e-mail dmason@ufl.edu

C. Shawn Dotson, PhD

  • Research Areas: Genetic Basis of Gestation, Eating Behaviors, Obesity, Animal Psycho-physics, Transduction Processes, Taste Preferences and Aversions.
  • Study topics include: Dr. Dotson’s laboratory is dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying chemosensory function in mammals and how these functions, in turn, impact upon ingestive behaviors.
  • Interested students should: Send a brief letter of interest to Dr. Dotson at c.dotson@mbi.ufl.edu

Gary Geffken, PhD & Joe McNamara, PhD

  • Research Area: Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Sleep, Executive functioning, & treatment adherence. Specifically we are interested in the interaction of 4 areas listed.
  • Study topics include: We are doing a study looking at treatment outcomes with both children and adults who have OCD. During the course of this study, we are collecting information on sleep and treatment adherence. We are also conducting studies on pediatric sleep and OCD symptom severity, pilot testing a live coding system for exposure therapy, and executive functioning.
  • Interested students should: Please send resumes to jpm2@ufl.edu

Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD

Professor and Director of Toxicology, Director of Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

Research area: Clinical and Forensic Toxicology including the analysis of prescription and illicit drugs in biological fluids and tissues.

Study topics include: The study of drug-related deaths; the development of new methods for the measurement of new emerging/designer drugs.

Interested students should: Contact Dr. Goldberger at bruce-goldberger@ufl.edu

Jacqueline A. Hobbs, MD, PhD

  • Research area: Virus-brain interactions; virus-thyroid interactions; neuroendocrinology
  • Study topics include: Parvovirus B19 infection of thyroid cancer; parvovirus B19 non-structural protein effects on thyroid hormone receptor signaling
  • Interested students should: Send a letter of interest and updated CV to Dr. Hobbs at jahobbs@ufl.edu.

Habibeh Khoshbouei, PhD, PharmD

  • Research area: Drug addiction, Parkinson’s disease
  • Study topics include: Research topic # 1) Methamphetamine regulation of dopamine transporter, Research Topic #2) Alpha-synuclein regulation of dopamine transporter
  • Interested students should: 1) have taken a few courses relevant to basic cell biology and surface membrane proteins , 2) be interested in microscopy and electrophysiology experimental approaches in single cell/single neuron. 3) email Dr. Khoshbouei at habibeh@ufl.edu .

Mark H. Lewis, Ph.D.

  • Research Area: Animal Models of Restricted Repetitive Behavior in Autism
  • Study topics include: Behavioral and neurobiological studies of the development and expression of abnormal repetitive behavior in deer mice and inbred mouse strains.
  • Interested students should: e-mail Dr. Lewis at marklewis@ufl.edu indicating their interest and background.

Yijun Liu, Ph.D.

  • Study topics include:
  • Functional NeuroImaging, Molecular & Translational Imaging,Pharma Imaging, MRI, Real-time fMRI, Intelligent & Complex System Modeling, Brain Stimulation and Acupuncture, Neural Engineering & Regeneration Materials (new).
  • Addiction, Eating and Obesity, Self-Awareness and Emotion Control, Epilepsy and certainDevelopmental and Neuropsychiatric Disorders such asPrader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), Autism, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD)and Depression, etc.
  • Interested students should: Send a letter of interest and updated CV to Dr. Liu at yijunliu@ufl.edu

Lisa J. Merlo, Ph.D.

  • Research Area: Public Health Research in Addictions
  • Study topics include: Psychosocial factors associated with substance use among adolescents/young adults, Impaired healthcare professionals, Behavioral addictions
  • Interested students should: Send a letter of interest and updated CV to Dr. Merlo at lmerlo@ufl.edu.

Drake Morgan, PhD

  • Research Area: Behavioral pharmacology
  • Study topics include: Medication development for stimulant abuse; behavioral effects of opioid analgesics; development of animal models of psychiatric disorders
  • Interested students should: Send a letter of interest and updated CV to Dr. Morgan at drakem@ufl.edu

Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.

  • Research Area: Neurobehavioral factors associated with acute and chronic substance use, age and gender; neurobehavioral stability in degenerative disease
  • Study topics include: Age and gender differences in the effects of non-intoxicating levels of alcohol consumption; Potential therapeutics to enhance nicotine cessation efforts; developing more effective technology for tracking recent drug use; longitudinal neurophysiological testing of individuals with CLA.
  • Interested students should: Send a letter of interest including details of prior research experience and educational goals to Dr. Nixon at sjnixon@ufl.edu.

Barry Setlow, PhD

  • Research Area: Neuroscience research on interactions between addiction and decision-making
  • Study topics include: effects of drugs of abuse on cognition and motivation, behavioral and neurobiological factors that predict drug self-administration, neurobiological mechanisms of decision-making
  • Interested students should: send a letter describing their interests, experience, and educational goals to Dr. Setlow at setlow@ufl.edu

Richard Shriner, M.D.

  • Research Area: Diabesity, type 2 diabetes, obesity, polycystic ovary disorder, obesity and women’s issue medicine, models for translational medicine, medical psychiatry, information theory and models for cognitive psychotherapy, bariatric medicine, bariatric psychiatry.
  • Study topics include: Treatment models for stress, obesity and insulin resistance; Intensive intervention of nurses suffering from obesity and codependency syndromes; Executive medicine: intensive disease state management of obesity and diabetes (for both the CEO and those he or she employs); Informaticmodels of cognitive psychotherapy relevant to medical psychiatry; Bariatric/medicalpsychiatry: learning the basics; Food addiction: practical clinicalintervention in medical psychiatry.
  • Interested students should:Call Dr. Shriner at 941-993-7441.

Kevin K.W. Wang, PhD

Executive Director, Center for Neuroprotepmics and Biomarker Research and Chief, Translational Research, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Physiological Science

  • Research Area: We are actively working in the areas of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, neurodegeneration (Alzheimer’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Parkinson’s disease) and substance abuse induced brain alterations.
  • Study topics include: We use a multidisciplinary approach that combine in vitro neurochemical, biochemical and immuno-assays, proteomic analysis, cell culture model, animal models and translational research to clinical studies. We also use a holistic Systemic Biology approach  to study the underlying  mechanisms of various brain disorders, to identify disease-tracking biomarkers/molecular diagnostics and to test and develop novel pharmaceutical- or cell-based therapies to treat such diseases.   http://mbi-cnbr.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/
  • Interested Students should: Contact Dr. Kevin K.W. Wang, PhD at Kwang@ufl.edu or 352-294-4933