Keywords: Identification and characterization of genes that influence behavior; mouse models of addiction, anxiety, stress and depression-like behaviors
The research in Dr. Tarantino’s laboratory is focused on identification and characterization of genes that influence behavior. In particular, they study mouse models of addiction, anxiety, stress and depression-like behaviors. The laboratory uses a number of forward genetic approaches, including the measurement of behavior in existing mouse populations, such as inbred mouse strains, newer mouse resources like the Collaborative Cross and spontaneous and ENU-induced mutants. Behavior is also largely influenced by the environment and the laboratory is investigating environmental manipulations that act independently or in concert with genetic background to alter behavioral phenotypes.
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