Mark Namba

Mentor: Dr. Marek Schwendt
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
 
"Prior to my involvement in neuropsychological research, my initial plan was to pursue a career in clinical medicine. However, I eventually realized my ultimate goal is to discover novel psychopharmacological interventions for disorders and diseases such as substance use disorder (SUD). This passion led me to seek out undergraduate research with faculty who are as dedicated as I am to pursuing such a goal."

Major

Psychology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Psychopharmacology of psychedelics
  • Neurobiology of addiction
  • Addiction, Learning, & Memory

Academic Awards

  • UF Dean's List

Organizations

  • UF Psychology club
  • UF Neuroscience Club
  • Psi Chi

Volunteer

  • ER volunteer

Hobbies and Interests

  • Soccer
  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Playing videogames

Research Description

Development and Characterization of a Novel Animal Model for the Co-morbidity of PTSD and Cocaine Addiction.
My proposed research will investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of comorbid PTSD and cocaine addiction/relapse. The overall goal of this research is to (1) develop an animal model with high face validity for PSTD/SUD, and (2) use this animal model to screen for compounds which will be capable of both reducing anxiety-related symptoms associated with PTSD as well as drug-seeking. We hypothesize that administration of the angiotensin-1 receptor antagonist, candesartan, will serve to alleviate the anxiety-related symptoms associated with PTSD and potentially reduce cocaine self-administration.