Project Overview

The role of the basal ganglia in drug-related behaviors

Faculty Sponsor

Ewa Galaj (




The goal of this project is to understand the role of the basal ganglia in drug-related behaviors, using various neuroscientific approaches and animal models of addiction. Students will engage in behavioral experimentation with rats and mice, wet lab work including sample preparation, Western blot  or immunohistochemistry assays, data collection, data analysis and data presentation in the form of figures and charts. 

Student Qualifications

-interest in neuroscience
-students should feel comfortable with working with rats or mice
-brief statement of why you are interested in this position
-no prior research experience is needed

Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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If you have questions, please contact Karyn Belanger (