Our MissionDr. Hicks and Dr. Ramos portrait in office

The mission of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at Lawrence University is to conduct an interdisciplinary program of preclinical research aimed at identifying novel pharmacotherapy agents to manage human CNS disorders characterized by impaired social behavior. Central to this mission is a rigorous training and mentorship program for undergraduate students who are an integral part of the research conducted in the lab.

Our Research

Our preclinical research program is focused on identifying and profiling experimental therapeutics for the treatment of human CNS disorders characterized by social dysfunction. Our research uses a variety of well-validated rodent disease models in conjunction with state-of-the-art behavioral tests for measuring anxiety- and depression-related behavior, social behavior, and drug reward and motivation. Our current disease models focus on autism spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug dependence and abuse. Our goal is to produce robust results that can help advance the translation of novel scientific discoveries from the bench to the clinic.

Our Training PhilosophyMichael and Dr. Hicks working on a stereotaxic frame

In the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory, we aim to nurture the unique capabilities of each student to enable them to reach their full potential. Our goal is to create a rich learning environment that actively engages students and provides them with hands on experience. Members of the lab will be exposed to an intensive teaching program that provides rigorous training on all aspects of the research process including study design, experimentation, data analysis and interpretation, manuscript preparation, and research presentations.