The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Cellular and Synaptic Physiology Lab


The Kroener lab offers training opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.

The research in the lab is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of Neuroscience, Biophysics, Psychiatry, and Psychology. The long-term goal of the lab is to understand the synaptic bases of learning and memory, and how these fundamental processes are altered in animal models of psychiatric disorders such as drug addiction. To this end, we use a wide array of techniques that include behavioral testing, electrophysiological recordings in-vivo and in vitro, high-resolution calcium-imaging, neuropharmacology, and quantitative immunohistochemistry.

Undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to participate in one or several ongoing projects and to learn a number of lab skills related to the techniques listed above. Students are expected to dedicate at least 10 hours a week to research in the lab. Motivated students that are able to contribute more time to research in the lab might also be given the opportunity to oversee small independent projects in the context of larger studies. For these reasons, strong preference is given to students who are able to make a long-term commitment to the lab, and who demonstrate a strong interest and motivation to do research.

Interested students should contact Dr. Kroener via e-mail at [email protected] to discuss their interests and aspirations.