Labs

Jason Snyder Lab: Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia
Principal Investigator: Jason Snyder

The lab’s goal is to identify the role of adult neurogenesis in memory and stress-related behaviours. We inhibit neurogenesis with transgenic animals in order to understand how they contribute to these behaviours, viral tools for labelling and modifying neurons, immunohistochemistry to quantify and characterize the neurogenesis process, and in vitro electrophysiology to understand the circuit mechanisms by which these new neurons regulate behaviour.

Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology
Principal Investigator: Liisa Galea

Our laboratory is interested in how hormones affect brain and behaviour. We are currently investigating four main areas of research: effects of gonadal hormones on neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of adults; effects of hormones on learning and memory; effects of pregnancy and mothering on brain function and morphology; animal models of postpartum depression and sex differences in behavioural and neural consequences of stress.Our laboratory is associated with the Neuroscience Program at UBC and the Brain Research Centre. Students interested in graduate studies can apply through either Psychology or the Neuroscience Program.

Laboratory of Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience
Principal Investigator: Catharine Winstanley

We are interested in exploring the neural, neurochemical and molecular basis of higher-order cognitive processes such as impulse control and gambling. A better understanding of the biological mechanisms underpinning these processes will lead to new and improved treatments for psychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and drug addiction, all of which are associated with deficits in impulse control.

Neural Circuits and Cognition Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Stan Floresco

Our research focuses on neural circuits that facilitate different forms of learning and cognition using rodents as a model system. We are particularly interested in the interactions between different brain regions within the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system (i.e.; prefrontal cortex, ventral striatum, amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus) that facilitate cognitive processes, such as behavioural flexibility, cost/benefit decision making and reward-related learning.

Psychoneuroendocrinology Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Boris Gorzalka

Our Behavioral Neuroscience research focuses on animal models of human behaviours and disorders. We investigate the influence of monoamines, endocannabinoids, steroid hormones, and stress on anxiety, depression, and sexual functioning.

The Behavioural Neurogenetics Lab (Worm Lab)
Principal Investigator: Cathy Rankin

Research in our laboratory is focused on behavioural, cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in learning and memory. We are currently using an invertebrate preparation, the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, to examine both non-associative and associative forms of learning.