Welcome to the Fanselow Lab

UCLA Psychology Department, Brain Research Institute

Staglin Music Festival Center for Brain & Behavioral Health

Phone: 310-206-0247

Fax: 310-206-5895

Dr. Fanselow's laboratory is interested in the nature and function of fear. A series of questions of particular interest is how fear is learned and how fear memories are stored in the brain. Our lab uses focal manipulations to forebrain structure such as the amygdala and hippocampus to understand how various structures and processes interact during fear learning and memory. Focal lesions, cannulated drug infusions, and a wide variety of transgenic mouse models are utilized to target specific tissues, cell types, and proteins of interest. Another important question is how fear memories are translated into specific behavior patterns. That work primarily focuses on midbrain structures such as the periaqueductal gray. The laboratory uses rat and mouse models featuring site specific pharmacological manipulations, focal brain lesions and genetic modifications.

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