Post-doctoral IRTA Fellow, Addiction Biology Unit
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Ph.D. - Neuropsychology - The Graduate Center of City University of New York - NY
M.A. - Experimental Psychology - C.W. Post-Long Island University - NY
B.A. - Psychology - Queens College - NY
Ewa’s research focuses on understanding basic mechanisms underlying addiction. By combining gold standard animal models of drug abuse with pharmacological and transgenic approaches her goal is to identify the reward circuitry with respect to defining the function of presynaptic vs postsynaptic dopamine D3 receptors and delineating cell-type specific pathways underlying drug self-administration and other reward-motivated behaviors (e.g., relapse). This line of her research aligns with her lasting interests in D3 receptors as potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of addiction. She is also currently exploring therapeutic utilities of medicinal plants and herbs and the underlying receptor mechanisms using various animal models of drug abuse and addiction.