Elizabeth A. West, Ph.D (Principal Investigator)

Elizabeth A. West, Ph.D (Principal Investigator) is currently an Assistant Professor at Rowan University SOM in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience.  She received her BA in Biology and Psychology (with an emphasis in Neuroscience) from the University of Delaware where she worked with Dr. Jeff Rosen.  Then she completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University with Dr. Ludise Malkova and Dr. Karen Gale.  Liz conducted her postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina with Dr. Regina Carelli, where she focused dissecting the roles of prefrontal and accumbal circuits mediating behavioral flexibility in awake and behaving rats.  She is interested in understanding the neurobiological underpinnings underlying motivation, learning, and decision-making, and how these processes are altered in substance use disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.  When not in the lab, Liz enjoys going to the Jersey shore (or Delaware beaches), spending time with her friends and family (especially her 2 young children), and going to rock shows (pre-COVID19).

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