About The Lab

We are a behavioral neuroscience lab located in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan. Our lab focuses on understanding the genetic, environmental and neurobiological factors that contribute to individual differences in reward learning and susceptibility to mental illness, including addiction. We are interested in the psychological mechanisms that underlie and influence appetitive Pavlovian learning and the neural circuitry involved in these processes. Our ultimate goal is to uncover the neurobiological mechanisms that that drive maladaptive behavior in hopes of identifying novel pharmacological targets for the treatment of addiction and other mental illnesses.

Flagel Lab News
  • Dr. Paolo Campus will be presenting some exciting new work from the lab at the Winter Conference on Brain Research (January 2018, Whistler, British Columbia) in a panel entitled: “What About Me? The Paraventricular Nucleus in Reward Circuitry”.
  • Dr. Flagel is co-organizing a European Behavioral Pharmacology Worskhop (EBPS) entitled, “Animal and Human Behavior: Using Computational Approaches to Build a Two-way Bridge”, which will be held July 29-31, 2018, at Downing College in the University of Cambridge, UK. For more information go to: EBPS Workshops
  • Sofia Lopez was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to study the ways in which dopamine and glucocorticoids interact to modulate individual variation in stimulus-reward learning. The NSF Fellowship will support her from 2017-2020!
  • Brittany Kuhn was awarded the 2017 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Trainee Professional Development Award, which will support her travel to the 2017 SfN meeting in Washington, D.C. and provide her with a number of exclusive professional development opportunities.
  • Brittany Kuhn was awarded the 2017 University of Michigan Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service for her outstanding service to the University and surrounding communities.
  • Dr. Flagel contributed a Chapter in a new book entitled, “Computational Psychiatry”, which represents a culmination of the discussions that took place during an Ernst Struengmann Forum centered around this topic, held in Frankfurt, Germany in 2015.