Nour Al-muhtasib

Hello! I am a postdoc at Yale University studying how synaptic physiology is altered in a rat model of cocaine addiction and withdrawal. My work focuses on the VTA, a brain structure important for reward and drug addiction. In particular I am interested in some of its neurons which release dopamine (a neurotransmitter). Basically, I want to understand how a certain protein which exists on these subset of neurons is changed when an animal is in withdrawal or craving a drug (cocaine). If the levels of this protein are changed then this could have an effect on how the neurons act and talk to other neurons.

A little about me...

  • I grew up in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, where I attended undergraduate and graduate school.

  • I am passionate about making academia an inclusive place in regards to race, sexual identity and orientation, and religious beliefs.

  • Due to my own personal journey, I want to work on making academia a nurturing environment that doesn't foster toxicity or poor mental health.

  • Writing poetry has been a hobby of mine since I was a little child. Now I write poems, articles, and long Twitter threads.

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