Samantha Malone

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  • Graduate Student
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology
BBSRB B403, Kastle Hall 111i
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I received my B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience at East Tennessee State University in 2017. During my undergraduate research career, I studied various rodent models of nicotine and alcohol use disoder. I examined the effects of upregulated dopamine D2 receptors (D2Rs) on nicotine self-administration using a combined rodent model of schizophrenia and nicotine use disorder. My undergraduate thesis examined the adenosine A2A (A2AR) and D2 receptor heterodimer and the effects of an A2AR agonist on nicotine self-administration. These undergraduate experiences in drug abuse research increased my interest in the biological mechanisms and behavioral aspects of psychoactive substances. Post-baccalaureate, I developed an interest in the social factors that impact opioid use and relapse.

Currently, I am a 2nd year graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience program studying opioid use disorders under Dr. Michael Bardo. My research in the Bardo lab primarily focuses on rodent models of opioid use disorders, social opioid use, and stress-induced reinstatement of opioid seeking behavior. I also serve as a teaching assistant in the Psychology department, and enjoy mentoring undergraduate students interested in neuroscience. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about research, graduate school, or neuroscience!


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