Victor Cazares

Williams College

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

I have research expertise spanning cellular, molecular, and behavioral neuroscience. I have published broadly in these areas, including on the role of specific vesicle-associated proteins in modifying neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity, the role prefrontal cortex and amygdala in cost-based decision making, and the role of genetic backgrounds in mice on modulating fear and other learning phenotypes, among others. Currently, my lab is investigating circuit and molecular mechanisms underlying maladaptive/inflexible behaviors including stress-induced deficits on extinction learning and the attenuation of reward-seeking behaviors. The ultimate goal is to identify mechanisms that underlie the maladaptive symptoms associated with human psychiatric illness (i.e., depression, anxiety, schizophrenia) to stimulate the development of new therapeutic approaches.

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