Zheng-Ming Ding, PhD
Assistant Research Professor of Psychiatry
Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are among the most prevalent psychiatric diseases around the world. In addition, alcohol drinking is frequently correlated with high rates of tobacco smoking. Despite extensive research over several decades, the neurobiology of alcohol abuse and alcohol-nicotine poly-drug abuse remains incompletely understood and there is strong demand for effective pharmacological therapeutics. Thus, my research has been focused on studying neurobiological mechanisms involved in these disorders using animal models.
NB 300A, Neuroscience Research Bldg.
On-going studies in my lab are characterizing: a) neuro-anatomical sites and circuits underlying the reinforcing and rewarding effects of drugs of abuse; b) neurochemical substrates that may contribute to the maintenance of and relapse to alcohol and poly-drug abuse.