Mohammed R Milad

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    College: Medicine Department: Psychiatry
    Title: Professor
    Office: IJR-253 Phone: 312-355-4001
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I am a neuroscientist interested in the neurobiology of emotional learning and memory. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how does the brain learns not to fear, and what are the neural networks and circuits that mediate fear learning and its subsequent fear extinction. My lab uses classical fear conditioning paradigm in humans to study how we acquire conditioned fear and how do we extinguish it. We study these systems also in patients with anxiety and fear disorders, like PTSD. We use psychophysiological measures and functional MRI as experimental tools. Another aspect of our research is focused on sex differences and the influence of the menstrual cycle in females on the fear learning and emotion regulation, and how fluctuations of estrogens in women could influence the neural correlates of fear extinction.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Some basic knowledge of psychology, neuroscience would be great. Key qualifications include serious commitment and eagerness to learn.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students would be offered to shadow research assistants and post-doctoral fellows to learn how to conduct human research. The students would be able to learn how to collect and analyze some basic psychophysiological data and will help in the organization of some data and IRB related documentations for the study

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