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Laboratory for Addiction and Brain Imaging

Houston, Texas

Laboratory for Addiction and Brain Imaging
Laboratory for Addiction and Brain Imaging
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  • Ramiro Salas, Ph.DRamiro Salas, Ph.D E-mail:
    After studying the effects of nicotine and its withdrawal in mice for several years I found that the habenula and the nicotinic receptors expressed in the habenula are necessary for nicotine withdrawal. I am now fulfilling the dream of what I think should be for most basic scientists: to test the hypotheses derived from model organism work in humans. The Human Neuroimaging Lab at Baylor College of Medicine is the ideal place to tackle these experiments.
  • Philip Baldwin, Ph.DPhilip Baldwin, Ph.D E-mail:
    Philip Baldwin is a theoretical physicist by training and has worked on a wide array of problems concerning biological imaging at low signal, especially fMRI and cryo electron microscopy.
  • Asasia CarterDavid L. Molfese, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Fellow
    David completed his graduate training in biomedical sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, where he studied epigenetic mechanisms underlying long-term memory. In addition to his graduate work in molecular neuroscience, David has studied human memory, attention, learning, and language using a combination of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), and Event Related Potentials (ERPs). David is interested in long-term changes in brain structure and function that result from drug addiction or are present in mental illness.
  • Raul Alanis Jr.Raul Alanis Jr. Research Coordinator
    Raul is a undergraduate at Rice University, majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Before joining the lab Raul researched the role of the lov gene in the development of neuro-circuits in Drosophila responsible for behaviors such as courtship. He joined the Salas Lab because of a growing interest in the underlying neurological circuits responsible for human behavior.
  • Humsini ViswanathHumsini Viswanath Research Coordinator
    Humsini completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science and Global Poverty & Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. During her time in Berkeley, she studied selective auditory attention. Along with her interest in human behavior, she has worked with many underprivileged people that have had some type of substance abuse. It will be interesting to study the scientific basis for such problems.
  • Asasia CarterAsasia Carter Research Coordinator
    Asasia is a recent graduate of University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Biology. She is interested in focusing her researching and expanding her knowledge on human behavior and neuroscience. Asasia strives to help those suffering from addiction and substance abuse by researching and learning more about the causes and effects of addiction. She plans pursue postgraduate education.
  • Asasia CarterKenia Velasquez Research Coordinator
    Kenia graduated from the University of Houston in 2011, with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and a minor in Health and Global Business. While attending the University of Houston, she worked with a research team in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program. This experience enhanced her interest in neuroscience research. At BCM she hopes to further expand her knowledge in the area of psychiatry research. She is interested in finding ways to help people with mental illness and drug addictions. She plans to pursue a professional degree in the near future.

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