Dr. Bolaños research aims at establishing causal relationships between early-life experiences, brain, biochemistry, and behavior. Specifically, his research interest center on investigating how exposure to psychotropic drugs (e.g. stimulants, antidepressants, prescription drugs), and stress (whether physical or emotional), alter the biochemical integrity of neuronal pathways involved in the regulation of mood and motivated behaviors, and how these pharmacological, environmental, and/or genetic manipulations early-in-life affect biochemical and behavioral functioning later in adulthood. Understanding the relationship(s) between brain and behavior from a developmental perspective can provide novel insights for the development of therapeutics for stress and drug dependence.
Alcantara LF†, Bolaños-Guzmán CA (2016) Chronic exposure to nicotine during adolescence, not adulthood, triggers long-term changes in mesolimbic expression of stress-related genes. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Alcantara LF†, Bolaños-Guzmán CA (2017) Mutually experienced stress during adolescence buffers against social defeat-induced avoidance in physically stressed mice. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.