Faculty Profile: Ostlund, Sean

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Ostlund, Sean
Lab Contact:
Sean Ostlund
sostlund@uci.edu
949-824-1347
A Behavioral Neurosci
Department: Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility

Research Description

We study the mechanisms underlying motivated behavior, including pathological forms of motivated behavior associated with compulsive drug use and overeating. We are also interested in how pain and stress impact motivated learning and behavior. Our research involves the use of rodent subjects that have been trained to perform sophisticated reward-motivated tasks. We apply a variety of cutting edge techniques to study the neurobiological processes that support motivated behavior, including fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and optogenetics.

Requirements to Participate

Must have completed Bio 35, Bio 36 or related courses. Please describe relevant coursework in application. Successful candidates should be highly motivated and interested in committing to at least 3 quarters of research.

Time Commitment per Week

12-16 hours per week.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Students will be evaluated based on their overall attitude and performance, including their tendency to follow safe/responsible research practices. Enthusiastic and reliable students are sure to do well (and have fun!) in the lab. Students will submit a short summary of their research experience at the end of each quarter. Students finishing a second quarter of research will be given the opportunity to orally present their findings to the lab, a valuable training exercise for aspiring scientists.