Title: Research Assistant Professor
L. S. Skaggs Pharmacy #28
Education:Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Southern California
Research InterestsMy research focuses on translational animal models of impulse-control and neurodevelopmental disorders with an emphasis on the impact of stress in mental illness. In particular, my primary line of research has led to the development, characterization and evaluation of the first animal model of gene x environment interactions on pathological reactive aggression. My current scientific objectives are: 1) to examine the neurobiological mechanisms of stress that trigger the onset and precipitation of neuropsychiatric disorders; 2) to elucidate new endophenotypes for specific behavioral subcomponents which might be tested as premorbid conditions to mental conditions; 3) to identify novel molecular targets that may be used as diagnostic, preventative or therapeutic targets for neuropsychiatric disorders.
Godar SC, Fite PJ, McFarlin KM, Bortolato M. The role of monoamine oxidase A in aggression: Current translational developments and future challenges. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2016.
Godar SC, Bortolato M. What makes you tic? Translational approaches to study the role of stress and contextual triggers in Tourette Syndrome. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2017