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  • Dan Christoffel

    Dan Christoffel

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurosciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My long-term goals are to understand the distinct modes of plasticity present in different synaptic types, how these mechanisms encode experience to regulate behavior, and uncover what role they play in psychiatric disorders.

    I am currently investigating specific circuits involved in reward and consummatory behaviors. Through synapse-specific modulation, I hope to uncover how various glutamatergic inputs to the nucleus accumbens regulate behaviors involved in reward seeking.

  • Elizabeth Steinberg

    Elizabeth Steinberg

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurosciences

    Bio Elizabeth Steinberg is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Robert Malenka’s lab in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University. Her research is focused on understanding how neural circuits for emotion, motivation and movement work together to control behavior in health and disease. At present, she is investigating the function and organization of connections between the amygdala and midbrain dopamine neurons. Elizabeth obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of California at San Francisco, where she trained with Dr. Patricia Janak. Her doctoral research focused on identifying causal roles for dopamine neurons in reinforcement learning. Prior to her graduate training, Elizabeth studied Neuroscience and Philosophy at Columbia University.