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Giardino Lab: academic year and summer opportunities

William Giardino, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Funding Sponsor: 
Dr. William Giardino
Contact Email: 
Dr. Giardino (
Funding Deadline: 
September 30, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Research topics: The Giardino Laboratory aims to decipher the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions of stress, addiction, and sleep disturbances. 

Techniques: Our work uses genetic, pharmacological, physiological, anatomical, optical, and computational approaches in freely-behaving mice to monitor, manipulate, and map the neural circuits, synapses, and signaling mechanisms that drive approach/avoidance behaviors, drug-seeking, food intake, social interactions, sleep/wake cycles, and other arousal states.

Website: William Giardino  

Seeking undergrads for: Academic year, Summer

Location: Flexible, with possibilities for remote or on-campus research projects

Required skills: Strong interest in neuroscience

This lab is particularly interested in mentoring: Undergrads from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM, Undergrads without previous exposure to laboratory research, Undergrads from local community colleges

How to apply: Contact Dr. Giardino (

Project information: Students will examine sex differences in the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and behavioral functions of extended amygdala neuropeptide neurons that regulate the stress response and reward-seeking in mice.