We are hiring! The Ferrario lab seeks graduate and post graduate trainees interested in the neurobiology of motivation, glutamatergic plasticity, addiction and obesity.

Job descriptions can be found here:Job postings

Pictured left to right top row: Amanda Catalfio, Julie Finnell, Nathan Chan, Carrie Ferrario, Zander Maitland, Megan Wickens, Rita Ionides; bottom row: Jacob Ormes, Salisha Baranwal , Tracy Fetterly

Research Overview:

Our goal is to understand the neuro-biological mechanisms that contribute to over-eating, obesity and drug addiction. We focus on identifying and understanding alterations in excitatory transmission and plasticity within the brain's "reward pathway" that contribute to these conditions. To accomplish this, we use a variety of approaches including behavioral pharmacology, biochemistry, and slice electrophysiology.

Visit our student resources page to learn more about graduate and undergraduate research opportunities.

The Ferrario lab is part of:

The Department of Pharmacology: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/pharmacology

The Neuroscience Graduate Program: http://neuroscience.med.umich.edu/

The Michigan Diabetes Research Center: http://diabetesresearch.med.umich.edu/

Current Funding:

Striatal glutamatergic plasticity and junk-food induced enhancements in cue-triggered food-craving  NIH-NIDDK; 2022-2026

R01DA044204: Animal models of Addiction awarded by NIH-NIDA; 2018-2023 Co-I: Carrie Ferrario, PI: Terry Robinson

T32DA07268: Biology of Drug Addiction from NIH-NIDA; Co-I: Carrie Ferrario, PI: John Traynor

Past Funding: 

R01DK115526: Effects of insulin on NAc excitatory transmission and motivation for food awarded by NIH-NIDDK; 2018-2022

R01DK106188: Alterations in Motivated Behavior in Rodent Models of Obesity awarded by NIH-NIDDK; 2015-2022

R21DA045277: Exploring the link between reactive oxygen species and CP-AMPAR up-regulation in addiction awarded by NIH-NIDA; 2018-2020; Co-I: Carrie Ferrario, Co-I: Travis Brown