Dr. Mozzachiodi’s research interest is in behavioral neurophysiology, specifically in the field of cellular bases of learning and memory. My laboratory at TAMU-CC investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the enduring behavioral and neurophysiological changes caused in defensive and appetitive neural circuits by the exposure to aversive stimuli. We utilize the marine mollusk Aplysia californica, a model organism with a simple nervous system that is amenable to detailed cellular and molecular analyses. In my lab, graduate and undergraduate students from diverse scientific backgrounds, including biology, marine biology, biomedical sciences, and psychology, have the opportunity to engage in neuroscience research using behavioral protocols and neurophysiological techniques.
Neurobiology; biological basis of learning and memory; behavior