Research conducted in the Neural Circuits, Systems, & Behavior Lab, headed by Dr. Lindsay Halladay, is focused on understanding the physiological processes by which neural activity produces behavior, and more specifically, how dysfunctional circuitry leads to aberrant behavior. NCSB's objective is to better understand how reward and aversion circuits converge and interact. Using a combination of in vivo electrophysiology, behavior, and genetic tools, the Halladay Lab's ultimate goal is to clarify how factors such as stress and alcohol exposure alter neural signaling and influence circuitry in a way that promotes addictive-like behaviors.
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Lindsay Halladay presented new Halladay Lab findings at the Winter Conference on Brain Research in Big Sky, MT. Two invited talks included data on the neural circuits governing defensive action selection, as well as fear responding in the face of uncertain outcomes - data shedding light on inappropriate defensive responding characteristic of anxiety disorders and PTSD.
In an interview with Elemental, Lindsay Halladay spoke about her recently published findings on the neural circuits regulating drinking behavior in "The Latest Findings on Why It’s So Hard to Quit Drinking."
Lindsay Halladay and colleagues at the
NIAAA published an article in Biological
Psychiatry, identifying a corticostriatal
circuit involved in regulating punished
ethanol seeking. SCU issued a press
release for the study here.
The Halladay lab traveled to Chicago, IL to present their work at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Max Bjorni received a travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. Other presenting RAs included Hannah Henderson, Natalie Rovero, and Alex Quan.
Lindsay Halladay traveled to SRI International to present the lab's research on neural and behavioral regulation of ethanol-seeking behavior.
Max Bjorni was selected to receive a competitive travel award by Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) to present his research at this year's upcoming Society for Neuroscience meeting in October. See you in Chicago!
Huge congratulations to DeNardo Scholar and lab RA Malia Belnap, on her graduation from SCU!
The Halladay lab attended and presented four posters at the Bay Area Brain Symposium, co-organized and hosted by Lindsay Halladay, the Vice President of the Bay Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN). RAs Max Bjorni, Natalie Rovero, and Alex Quan brought home their second 'Best Poster' award in just two weeks, for their work on adulthood behavioral and neural consequences of early life adversities on reward seeking.
Halladay Lab RAs presented their research at the Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research, where Max Bjorni, Natalie Rovero, and Alex Quan won the award for best poster. Their work examines how developmental
adversities such as
early life stress and
exposure impact adult-
hood reward seeking.
DeNardo Science Scholars Malia Belnap and Max Bjorni were selected to present their research on neural correlates of social behavior and ethanol reward preference at the Sigma Xi poster session at SCU.
Max Bjorni was honored with
the prestigious DeNardo
Science Scholar award, a two
year grant to conduct research on neural circuits underlying stress-induced drinking behavior. Hannah Henderson and Noel Del Toro were each awarded a De Novo Science Scholar summer research grant. Natalie Rovero and Alex Quan received summer research grants from SCU's innovative REAL program. Huge accomplishments all around!
Lindsay Halladay presented the lab's undergraduate-led research at the BNA Festival for Neuroscience meeting. Research examines neural correlates of pro-social behaviors.
Lindsay Halladay traveled to Aspen, CO to present two invited talks at the Winter Conference on Brain Research. Findings of the NCSB lab identified a neural substrate for alcohol-induced anxiety alleviation. Additional research identfiied a corticostriatal pathway mediating ethanol seeking in the face of adverse consequences.
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Lindsay Halladay joins the Editorial Board for the Journal of Neuroscience Research as an Associate Editor.
Research Assistant Malia Belnap
featured on Santa Clara's website
Halladay lab students Gigi Etem and Hannah Henderson present data at SCU's end of the year Neuroscience event
Lindsay Halladay interview
Malia Belnap featured on SCU Psychology site for her recent achievement as 2018 DeNardo Scholar
Research assistant Malia Belnap selected
for DeNardo Science Scholar Award, a
prestigious two-year grant to lead a project
at Santa Clara University
Exciting data collected by Gigi Etem, Max Bjorni, Sohrab Sami, and Hannah Henderson presented at GRC: Alcohol and the Nervous System
Halladay Lab highlighted in
article Opening Doors &
The Halladay Lab is part of the fastest growing major at its University, Neuroscience at Santa Clara Univeristy, and is housed within the Department of Psychology.
Big congratulations to RA Max Bjorni for being awarded a scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation!
The Halladay Lab published a study in
Learning and Memory, identifying two
functionally distinct neural populations in
the extended amygdala that encode and
predict cued fear learning. Study authors
include Max Bjorni, Natalie Rovero,
Elissa Yang, Andrew Holmes, and