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Bachtell, Ryan Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • The focus of Dr. Bachtell's research is to understand the mechanisms involved in drug craving and relapse. Work in Dr. Bachtell's laboratory involves the study of molecular, cellular and systems level analyses of the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system and how these different levels of study work together to contribute to drug relapse. Dr. Bachtell is also interested in how other brain systems influence the mesocorticolimbic system to regulate relapse behavior. This work involves the study of body’s stress systems, memory and learning systems and information processing systems. The goal of Dr. Bachtell's research is to better understand the biological basis of the disease and to identify major biological targets for potential therapeutic intervention to promote abstinence.

keywords

  • Neurobiology of drug addictions

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • IPHY 2910 - Practicum in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Offers practical experience in organized situations with direct supervision. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Critically reviews topics in neuroscience research, scholarly analysis of a major neuroscience issue, and/or empirical research project. See the neuroscience director for further information.
  • NRSC 4132 - Neuropharmacology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    Study of drug action within the central nervous system. This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the neurobiological and neurochemical mechanisms of drug action. Topics covered include the following: 1) principles of pharmacology; 2) brain neurotransmitter systems; 3) biochemical basis of psychiatric disorders and their pharmacological treatment. Same as NRSC 5132.
  • NRSC 4545 - Neurobiology of Addiction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Covers an intensive survey and synthesis of recent findings contributing to our understanding of the neurobiological basis of addiction. Analysis of both drug and behavioral addictions will be made at the molecular, cellular and neurocircuitry levels and synthesized into models utilizing common themes between various addictions and contributing pathologies. Same as NRSC 5545.
  • NRSC 5545 - Neurobiology of Addiction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Covers an intensive survey and synthesis of recent findings contributing to our understanding of the neurobiological basis of addiction. Analysis of both drug and behavioral addictions will be made at the molecular, cellular and neurocircuitry levels and synthesized into models utilizing common themes between various addictions and contributing pathologies. Same as NRSC 4545.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.

Background

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