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Kyle P

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Neuroscience of addiction and mental illness, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in the brain, pharmaceuticals and pharmacology

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury on Behavior and Cognition

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common in impact sports and combat zones. Some are severe immediately and cause severe bleeding in the brain, while others involve the slow accumulation of many small impacts and brain bleeds that progress. TBIs vastly affect cognition and memory, and cause accelerated neurodegeneration in patients. The goal of this project would be to understand the underlying factors that cause the lifelong problems and neurodegeneration.

Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Drug Abuse

Addiction is a learned behavior that comes with the repeated use of stimulants, depressants, or narcotics. These different drug classes have very different mechanisms of action and affect people in very different ways, yet they all hijack innate learning mechanisms to drive a person to seek the drug above food, water, family, school, and work. The goal of this project would be to investigate one specific drug and how it hijacks the brain with repeated use.

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