Masami Yoshimura

Associate Professor


Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Veterinary Medicine

Current Research

The long-term goal of my research is threefold: 1) To elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying regulation of the cAMP signaling pathway in the central nervous system, 2) To determine the role that the cAMP signaling pathway plays in the physiological and behavioral responses of an animal, and 3) To elucidate the pathways that transduce change in cAMP signaling into the physiological and behavioral manifestations. In particular, I am interested in the effects of ethanol on the cAMP signaling system and the role that this signaling pathway has in an animal’s responses to ethanol. My research program will be interdisciplinary covering molecular biology and pharmacology of the cAMP signaling system, generation of transgenic and gene targeted animals, electrophysiology of neuronal activity, behavioral analysis of model animals, and gene expression study.