Molecular Genetics Laboratory
David Vandenbergh, Ph.D.
The research goal of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory (Vandenbergh Lab) is to understand the molecular basis of addiction.
We are using a combination of human genetic studies and mouse models that focus on nicotine and its effects on the brain.
More specifically, we are studying:
- The molecular-level responses of the brain to drugs of abuse, especially nicotine;
- The neurobiological factors that underlie individual differences in nicotine consumption;
- The molecular genetic determinants of nicotine’s appetitive effects
More details can be found on this site (links in the right-hand column) and at www.personal.psu.edu/djv4/.