Stephen V Mahler

Fellow, Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience, CNLM
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

We employ anatomical, pharmacological, and chemogenetic strategies to observe and control neuronal populations and circuits in rodents, with the aim of understanding how these circuits control behavior. Currently we are investigating: 1) how ventral pallidum influences motivated behavior and decision making, 2) how early life stress, and adolescent drug use alters reward circuit development, and 3) brain mechanisms of cannabis and opiate reward.

Lab Website

addiction, reward circuits, cannabinoids, Pavlovian conditioning, motivation


Christina Ruiz, M.S. Lab Manager Mitch Farrell, Grad Student Erik Castillo, Junior Specialist Jenny Cevallos, Undergraduate Researcher Christine Khanbijian, Undergraduate Researcher Jasmine Heyer, Undergraduate Researcher Julian Quintanilla, Rotating Grad Student Sophia Levis, MD/PhD student Siyu Liu, Undergraduate Researcher Gregory de Carvalho, Undergraduate Researcher Alex Yoon, Undergraduate Researcher