Western University of Health Sciences Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences Western University of Health Sciences
Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Pechnick Lab

The research in my laboratory is focused on three aspects of neuropsychopharmacology: using animals models to understand the causes of and to develop new potential treatments for various forms of mental illness; utilizing both in vivo and in vitro approaches to study the neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse; and defining the role of hippocampal neurogenesis in health and disease states. Primary goals include: characterizing the role of developmental insults (prenatal, neonatal and adolescent) in producing neuropsychiatric disorders; defining the involvement of cytokines and stress in neurogenesis and depression; understanding the role of neurogenesis in post-chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction.

Graph showing altered spatial memory treatment with chemotherapeutic drug mithotrexate

Comparative pictures of cells