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Xiaoxi Zhuang

Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology
The University of Chicago

xzhuang@bsd.uchicago.edu

 

Research Interests:

The dopamine system is known to mediate reward. A reward has two main properties: its reinforcement property (for learning) and its motivational property (for energizing responses). We are using mouse genetics to manipulate dopamine neuron firing, dopamine release and dopamine receptor signaling pathways to examine how properties of dopamine neurons and postsynaptic signal integration in the striatum/nucleus accumbens are able to mediate reinforcement learning and incentive motivation. We are also interested in the biochemical basis of dopamine neuron degeneration in Parkinson's disease.

Further information on Xiaoxi Zhuang's research.

2013 Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering
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