Amanda is investigating the molecular changes that contribute to synaptic plasticity and memory consolidation during fear conditioning and extinction. This basic research is designed to enhance our understanding of the neural processes involved in pathological states of anxiety.
Lindsey is examining the effects of acute vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on anxiety and extinction of conditioned fear in rats. This preclinical work tests the effects of VNS on extinction of conditioned fear in a rat model of PTSD.
Thesis: Basolateral Complex of the Amygdala Modulation of Encoding Emotional Valence and Arc Protein Expression - Earned PhD May, 2012
Thesis: Interaction of the Amygdala and the Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex in the Consolidation of Long-Term Memory - Earned PhD December, 2011
Thesis: The Use of Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Enhance the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Earned PhD April, 2013
Laboratory Research Technician from 2012-2014