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The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

Emotional Brain Institute (EBI)


Teixeira Lab

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Early-life is a period of extreme plasticity in the brain.  This is the time when external factors can shape the brain in order to better adapt to the environment.  Consequently, this is also a vulnerable period for the neuronal/circuit-development given that environmental factors can derail the normal wiring of the brain leading to behavioral deficits. Using optogenetics in conjunction with behavioral testing and electrophysiology, we aim to unveil alterations in monoaminergic circuits that can be used as therapeutic targets.  

The Teixeira lab focuses on how exposure to commonly prescribed anti-depressant medication (SSRIs) as well as stress during early-life affects the development of neuronal circuitries and adult behavior.