Laboratory of Behavioral NeurobiologyDr. Sarah F. Leibowitz
Research Associate Professor
Biographical Sketch of Dr. Leibowitz
Our laboratory is devoted to studying the neurobiological substrates mediating eating behavior and the consumption of alcohol and nicotine and understanding how these neural mechanisms relate to the development of eating disorders, obesity and addictive-like behaviors. We investigate the highly interactive relationship between the substances consumed, consequent changes in circulating nutrients, and neurochemical systems in the brain. Our studies span from molecular and biochemical processes and neuronal development to complex behavioral phenomena related to biological rhythms, development, gender and psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to use our basic knowledge of these complex relationships, between abused substances and the brain, to identify biomarkers of excess consummatory behavior in humans that will help us develop therapies for treating and preventing substance abuse.