Dr. Ersin Yavas is a postdoctoral scholar conducting experiments in both Michael Fanoselow and Kate Wassum’s labs. research focus on understanding acetyl choline transmission, particularly in septo-hippocampal pathway, its regulatory mechanisms and dysfunction in trauma-and stressor-related disorders. He received his Ph.D from University of Leicester, UK, where his project was focused on glutamate and acetyl choline modulation of dopamine transmission within the context of animal model of schizophrenia. He conducted experiments in Andrew Young’s lab. He held postdoctoral scholar position at the Pennsylvania State university in Nanyin Zhang’s lab and searched functional brain connectivity networks on awake animals by applying opto-f MRI technique to address his research question.