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Dr Claire Hales

Investigating the neural circuits and molecular mechanisms which regulate emotional behaviour and affective bias

I am a Research Associate in the Robinson lab. I am working on a four year project funded by a BBSRC Industrial Partnership Award in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim. This work builds upon the research I conducted during my PhD as part of the Wellcome Trust Neural Dynamics programme investigating how emotions affect decision making using a rodent behavioural model in combination with computational modelling. Specifically, the project I am working on involves using a reward-based operant judgement bias task alongside techniques to target neural pathways thought to be important in the regulation of affective biases, as well as RNA sequencing to investigate the neural circuits and molecular mechanisms underlying the rapid onset antidepressant efficacy of ketamine. 

Research keywords

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • psychopharmacology
  • translational neuroscience
  • computational neuroscience
  • cognitive modelling.