Alexis C. Thompson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Office Phone: (716) 887-2243
Lab Phone: (716) 887-2226

Primary Research Areas

Experience-induced or drug-induced neural adaptations associated with increased vulnerability to, or expression of, drug addiction, anxiety, and maternal behavior; mesolimbic cortical pathway function; neuropeptide regulation of monoamines; behavioral regulation of pain and analgesia.

Research Projects

Thompson | Straubinger | Qu
This project developed analytic methods to conduct large-scale analyses of brain peptides to (a) better understand how cocaine abuse changes brain activity and (b) identify changes of relapse vulnerability.
Thompson | DiPirro
This research tested the hypothesis that increasing the levels of neuropeptide Y (a peptide neuromodulator) in the brain will reduce anxiety and craving for cocaine.
(in collaboration with PI Jerrold Winter, PhD and Richard Rabin, PhD, both of UB’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology).
(in collaboration with Lisa Martin, PhD, UB Department of Comparative Medicine, Mark Kristal, PhD, UB Department of Psychology, and Jean DiPirro, PhD, Buffalo State College).