Research Interests: To provide a more complete understanding of the role of the dopaminergic system in normal and abnormal adaptive behavior by using methods from behavioral-, systems-, and computational neuroscience.
Bio: Dr. Buhusi received a degree in computer engineering from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania, and a PhD in Psychology from Duke University, USA. After completing a postdoc in neuroscience, he received a faculty position at Duke University, to study the neurobiology of attentional processing of time. In 2006, he accepted an Associate Professor position in the Dept. of Neurosciences at University of South Carolina where he studied animal and computer models of neuropsychiatric disorders in which interval timing is disregulated, and the genetic regulation of the brain circuits involved in time perception. This work has continued since his move in 2012 to Utah State University where he is an Associate Professor of Psychology within the USTAR BioInnovations Center.
Current work: Experimental work involves the use of rodent models to manipulate, visualize, and examine various aspects of the involvement of the dopaminergic system in normal and abnormal behavior. Current work includes behavioral studies, pharmacological manipulations, multiple electrode recordings, and optogenetic manipulations in behaving mice and rats, and EEG recordings in human participants. Computational models are used to integrate the growing body of data relative to the role of the dopamine system in learning, memory, and attention. Research is relevant to psychopathology ranging from Addiction, to Autism, Mental Retardation, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease.
Funding and service: Dr. Catalin Buhusi serves on the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, Learning & Behavior, Timing & Time Perception, and Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He has also served on various national and international review panels. His work has been continuously funded from 2002 by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD).
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