Performing behavioral assays in mice that test whether exposure to nicotine vapor paired with an odor, mimicking the experience of e-cigarette usage, generates a preference for seeking out that odor in mice. This would allow us to establish the mouse as a useful animal model for ultimately understanding the neural mechanisms by which flavor additives may drive a preference for e-cigarette usage and subsequent nicotine addiction.
Neurobiology & Anatomy
Volunteer; Earn independent study credit; Prepare a UROP proposal
Handling mice in the context of simple behavioral assays (no invasive procedures are involved). Testing new behavioral paradigms. Data analysis.
Experience in rodent behavioral assays, experiment design and data analysis. Introduction to systems neuroscience.
2 semesters; minimum 10 hours per week.
comfort in handling live mice. Should be able to analyze data (i.e., in Excel) and reliably record measurements and summarize Results.