Postbac IRTA Fellow

Alexa Gracias, B.A.

My interests are in the neural mechanisms of habit formation and how they contribute to psychiatric disease such as addiction. Currently, my main projects focus on understanding the role of the endocannabinoid system (eCBs), and how endogenous and exogenous modulation of eCBs affect goal-directed behaviors. In one study I am characterizing novel photometric sensors in brain slices to study endogenous eCB signaling, and in another project I use various behavioral paradigms to study effects of THC withdrawal on sleep and motivation.