Root lab is awarded the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Grant from the Boettcher Foundation!


The lab has been awarded a three-year Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Grant to investigate the cellular substrate of prescription opioid self-administration! Dave is named a Boettcher Investigator. More information about this project can be found here. More information on the Webb-Waring award can be found here

Thank you to the Boettcher Foundation - we are grateful for your support! 

Aversion or salience signaling by VTA glutamate neurons


Our new paper is out! We show that subsets of ventral tegmental area glutamate-releasing neurons have firing patterns consistent with aversion or salience. We also find that VTA glutamate-releasing neurons have further diversity with respect to signaling reward expectation, reward approach behavior, and learned cues.

You can download the paper here, "Featured Content" at the new Cell Press journal iScience