WHO WE ARE

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Jamie Peters,  PhD
Dr. Peters  began her research career in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she received her PhD in 2007. Her dissertation work with Dr. Peter Kalivas identified a key brain region for inhibiting cocaine-seeking behavior, namely the infralimbic prefrontal cortex . This region is recruited to regulate addictive behavior after extinction training, a process akin to cognitive behavioral therapy in humans. Her interest in extinction memory led her to do a post-doc in the Laboratory of Fear Learning with Dr. Gregory Quirk at the University of Puerto Rico, where she examined the overlap in the neural circuits regulating addiction versus fear memories. From there, she went to Amsterdam to undertake a second post-doc with Dr. Taco De Vries at the VU University, where she examined the differences between cocaine and heroin extinction. After returning to MUSC in 2013, she developed a research program to use DREADD technology as a more sophisticated approach to neural circuit dissection. The translational potential of this technology holds promise for future pharmacogenetic treatment of addiction and pathological fear disorders like PTSD. 
Research Specialist
Hello my name is Jey Soliva
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Isabel Augur
Ms. Augur  received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the College of Charleston in May 2015 . She completed her Bachelor's essay on the use of DREADD technology to treat cocaine addiction with Dr. Peters. She is currently applying to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology, and she is actively seeking a volunteer position in a clinical setting. She is particularly interested in the role of social stigma in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and addiction. 
 
Email: augur@musc.edu
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Summer Undergraduate Student
Hello my name is Jey Soliva
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Andrew Wyckoff
Mr. Wyckoff  is currently working in the Peters lab as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). His primary focus has been performing immunohistochemical analyses on brain tissue collected  from animals that have undergone DREADD-induced neuronal activation. He is planning to continue working in the lab in the fall semester, as he enters his senior year at the College of Charleston (Biology/Philosophy major). He will  continue to strengthen his research background in neuroscience and will be applying to graduate programs this year.
 
Email: wyckoffar@musc.edu
 
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