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Root, David H

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • We utilize molecular, electrophysiological, imaging, and viral-based approaches to define, observe, and manipulate the specific neurons and pathways that govern seeking rewards, aversion avoidance, addiction, and depression.


  • reward, aversion, addiction, self-administration, depression, learning, ventral tegmental area, dopamine, gaba, glutamate


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courses taught

  • NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Senior Thesis credits are available for students during the semester that they write and defend a departmental Honors Thesis. A neuroscience honors thesis must be based on an empirical research project that the student directs/participates in under guidance from a faculty member. Contact the neuroscience director for further information.
  • NRSC 4032 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides a comprehensive treatment of how the brain acquires, stores, and retrieves memories. To do this we will consider (a) the methods used to address these issues, (b) what we know about how brain systems are organized to support memories of different types,and (c) the synaptic mechanisms that are involved. Same as NRSC 5032.
  • NRSC 5100 - Introduction to Neuroscience I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    This first course in the year-long sequence of introduction to neuroscience provides an intensive introduction to the principles of neuroscience, covering detailed neuroanatomy, physiology, neurophysiology, neurochemical and developmental characteristics of the central nervous system. Structure-function relationships in sensory and motor systems are then explored with neuroanatomical and electrophysiological perspectives. Recommended requisite, restricted to interdepartmental Neuroscience Program or instructor consent required.
  • NRSC 7102 - Topics in Neuroscience
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Advanced seminar dealing with different specialized topics in neuroscience. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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