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Jennifer Zachry

Graduate Student, Calipari Laboratory
BS, Washington and Lee University (2017)

I am a graduate student in the Calipari lab, where I utilize in vivo optogenetics, fiber photometry calcium imaging, and single photon single-cell calcium imaging, to determine the precise information that is encoded within genetically defined neuronal populations in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in adaptive states. A main goal of my studies is to understand how our brain integrates information about environmental stimuli to guide future decision-making and to provide foundational evidence for the specific changes that occur under conditions that lead to maladaptive and disease states.