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Catalin V. Buhusi, Ph.D.
BS, Automatic Control and Computers, Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 1990
Ph.D., Psychology, Duke University, 1999
Research Interests: Behavioral and Computational Neuroscience
The aim of my research program is to provide a more complete understanding of the role of the dopaminergic system in normal and abnormal adaptive behavior by using methods from behavioral-, systems-, and computational neuroscience. Experimental work involves the use of rodent models to manipulate, visualize, and examine various aspects of the involvement of the dopaminergic system in normal and abnormal behavior. Current work includes behavioral studies, pharmacological manipulations, and multiple electrode recordings in behaving mice and rats. I also use computational models that integrate the growing body of data relative to the role of the dopamine system in learning, memory, and attention. My research is relevant to psychopathology ranging from Mental Retardation, to Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease. Prospective students and postdocs are encouraged to contact the PI.