CCB Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrew Kesner, Ph.D.

Biographical Summary

My overarching scientific interests are in the neural mechanisms of motivated behavior and the maladaptations of these mechanisms that give rise to psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, and addiction. An often overlooked component of these psychiatric illnesses is poor sleep quality or disrupted sleep, and in the Lovinger Lab I use both classical (ex-vivo slice electrophysiology, in-vivo single-unit and ECoG/EMG recording) and cutting-edge (optogenetics, chemogenetics, in-vivo photometric imaging) to study the neural and behavioral manifestations of sleep disruption occurring when mice experience withdrawal from THC, the major psychedelic component of cannabis.