Ken T. Wakabayashi, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate


Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2570

Primary Research Areas

Exploring how different neural circuits and neurotransmitter systems contribute towards processes underlying motivation, natural and drug-related reward and how these systems change during the transition to drug abuse and alcoholism. 

Application of fast-scan cyclic voltammetry coupled with carbon-fiber microsensors monitoring dopamine in the brain at a behaviorally relevant time scale, coupled with selectively manipulating subpopulations of neurons in behaving rats by optogenetic and chemogenetic approaches using viral targeted transfections.