Contact

Location: Neuroscience Discipline, Greg Collins, Ph.D. Lab

Department

Pharmacology

Michelle Doyle

Graduate Student

Personal Statement:

Michelle is interested in exploring processes that play a role in drug addiction, such as factors mediating drug-taking or drug-seeking behaviors. In the Collins lab, she uses in vivo assays, including self-administration and locomotor activity, to evaluate the abuse-potential of stimulants, including synthetic cathinones, which are commonly referred to as “bath salts”. She is particularly interested in better understanding phenotypes related to substance use disorders in humans, including determining factors that may increase vulnerability to developing aberrant drug-taking behavior. Michelle is also interested in evaluating abuse-related effects of drugs alone compared to drug combinations (e.g., cathinones alone or cathinones mixed with caffeine).

Hometown
San Diego, California
Lab Association
Gregory Collins, Ph.D.
Hobbies and Interests
Reading, baking, and playing softball.


Education

BS, Biopsychology
Tufts University – Medford, Massachusetts

Research

Research Topic: Behavioral Pharmacology, Behavioral Neuroscience

Awards & Accomplishments

Senior Student of the Year Award from Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UT Health San Antonio – 2021

Trainee Professional Development Award from Society for Neuroscience – 2021

Booth Memorial Travel Award from the William V. Booth Jr. Endowment and Department of Pharmacology at UT Health San Antonio – 2021

Excellence in Preclinical Work by a Pre-Doctoral Researcher Award at College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting – 2021

NIDA Director’s Travel Award from College on Problems of Drug Dependence – 2021

Travel Award from American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics – 2021

Student of the Year Award from Department of Pharmacology at UT Health San Antonio – 2020

Women’s Health Initiative Scholarship from The Council for Excellence in Women’s Health at UT Health San Antonio – 2020

NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award from College on Problems of Drug Dependence – 2020

Travel Award to the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR) Annual Meeting – 2020

Best Presentation Award at Behavior, Biology and Chemistry (BBC): Translational Research in Addiction Annual Meeting – 2018

Predoctoral fellow on the Institutional National Research Service Award, T32 NS082145 (NINDS) funded by the NIH Jointly Sponsored NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences – 2017 – 2018

Best Presentation Award at the Department of Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium, UT Health San Antonio – 2017

Dean’s Excellence Award at UT Health San Antonio – 2016

Travel Award for Behavior, Biology and Chemistry (BBC): Translational Research in Addiction Annual Meeting – 2016