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Jennifer Zachry

Washington and Lee University

ErinĀ Calipari lab

I am investigating Substance use disorder (SUD), a syndrome that constitutes a major public health concern in the United States. At the core of SUD is behavioral and neuronal plasticity that affects not only drug-associated behaviors but also causes severe deficits in decision-making and motivation. I am studying how neurons that undergo drug-induced plasticity are involved in adaptive behaviors to give us a better understanding of how to target these systems for SUD treatment while preserving their critical functions in normal behaviors