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Dr. Giardino earned a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University. He completed postdoctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine and was promoted to Instructor before launching his independent laboratory as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Giardino’s research program is funded by an NIH/NIAAA K99/R00 grant that aims to uncover the neurobiological mechanisms driving maladaptive changes in stress reactivity and sleep/wake architecture that facilitate alcohol addiction. He previously received F31 and F32 NIH NRSA fellowships to fund predoctoral and postdoctoral training on the neurocircuit basis of peptide signaling molecules in stress and addiction, and authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on this topic. Dr. Giardino serves as an academic and research mentor for numerous undergraduate, graduate level, and postdoctoral trainees, and is an active participant in professional organizations including the Society for Neuroscience, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Research Society on Alcoholism, the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society, the Sleep Research Society, and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.The Giardino Laboratory aims to decipher the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions of stress, addiction, and sleep disturbances. Our work uses genetic, pharmacological, physiological, anatomical, optical, and computational approaches in freely-behaving mice to monitor, manipulate, and map the neural circuits, synapses, and signaling mechanisms that drive approach/avoidance behaviors, drug-seeking, food intake, social interactions, sleep/wake cycles, and other arousal states.
The Giardino Lab of Circuits & Systems Neuroscience in Stanford's Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is currently accepting applicants for research scientists at all levels of experience. We aim to decipher the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions of stress, addiction, and sleep disturbances. Our work uses genetic, pharmacological, physiological, anatomical, optical, and computational approaches in freely-behaving mice to monitor, manipulate, and map the neural circuits, synapses, and signaling mechanisms that drive approach/avoidance behaviors, drug-seeking, food intake, social interactions, and sleep/wake cycles.<br/><br/>Research Topics:<br/>Stress & Reward<br/>Alcohol Addiction<br/>Sex Differences<br/>Wakefulness/Arousal<br/>Neuropeptide Release & Signaling<br/>Feeding & Metabolism<br/><br/>Research Approaches:<br/>Neuromodulation (optogenetics, chemogenetics)<br/>Neurophysiological recordings (fiber photometry, calcium imaging, EEG/EMG)<br/>Neurogenetics (CRISPR/Cas9 editing, Cre/loxP recombination, viral gene transfer, mouse genetics)<br/>Neuroanatomy (circuit tracing, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, confocal & light sheet microscopy)<br/>Neuropharmacology (alcohol & drug self-administration, receptor mechanisms)<br/>Computation (neural circuit modeling, machine learning analysis of behavioral & physiological datasets)<br/>Behavior and Evolution (rodent model organisms, cross-species comparisons)<br/>Translation (interdisciplinary and clinical collaborations, mental health treatment development)