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Julie Najar, B.A.

Post-baccalaureate IRTA |

Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico in May, 2011. In her undergraduate career she worked in a neuroscience lab that focused on the cell and molecular processes underlying secondary injury mechanisms in brain and spinal cord tissue, as well as research involving the cell and molecular processes involved in alcohol abuse. Julie joined the Neuroimaging Research Branch as a summer student in June 2011, and continued her stay as a Post-Baccalaureate IRTA in August of 2011.


  • Development of a cingulate-striatal addiction circuit in a rodent model of nicotine dependence.
  • Examining brain function in rats before and after heroin self-administration, and following 3 and 12 day forced abstinence.
  • Exploring the brain mechanisms underlying time-dependent changes in rat drug seeking after withdrawal from heroin.
  • Resting and cue-induced fMRI of rats exposed to long-access heroin self-administration.
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