Seniors Graduate from the Schmidt Lab

Congratulations to Amanda Moreno (B.A.), Riley Merkel (B.A.), Kamryn Stecyk (B.S.), and Suditi Rahematpura (B.S.) (pictured left to right) on their recent graduation from the University of Pennsylvania and the Schmidt Lab as a part of the Undergraduate Class of … Read More

Rachel Carpenter Capstone Project

Congratulations to Rachel Carpenter on the successful completion of her senior capstone project in the Schmidt Lab! For Carpenter’s high school capstone project, she had the opportunity to observe and shadow Dr. Schmidt and other members of the Schmidt lab … Read More

A novel dual agonist of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors and neuropeptide Y2 receptors attenuates fentanyl taking and seeking in male rats

Schmidt Lab members Dr. Yanfang Zhang, Suditi Rahematpura, Kael Ragnini, Amanda Moreno, Kamryn Stecyk and Michelle Kahng, along with collaborators Dr. Brandon Milliken, Dr. Matthew Hayes, and Dr. Robert Doyle, recently published a paper in Neuropharmacology. Find the abstract below: … Read More

Dr. Heath Schmidt Appointed Killebrew-Censits Chair in Undergraduate Education

From the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing: Dr. Schmidt is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine. His area of inquiry … Read More

GLP-1 receptor signaling in the laterodorsal tegmental nucleus attenuates cocaine seeking by activating GABAergic circuits that project to the VTA

Schmidt Lab members Dr. Nicole Hernandez, Kael Ragnini, Riley Merkel, Dr. Yafang Zhang and lab alumnae Vanessa Weir and Kyla Mace recently published a paper in Molecular Psychiatry. Find the abstract below: An emerging preclinical literature suggests that targeting central … Read More

Rae Herman Joins the Schmidt Laboratory

Rae Herman, a second year Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group, has officially joined the Schmidt Lab after her summer rotation. We are very excited to welcome Rae into the lab and support her on her thesis journey over … Read More

Recent Undergraduate Research Awards

Our undergraduate researchers have been recognized by the University for their success and dedication to research! Amanda Moreno ’21 has been named a University Scholar by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). Riley Merkel ’21 has been awarded … Read More

Administration of a Novel High Affinity PICK1 PDZ Domain Inhibitor Attenuates Cocaine Seeking in Rats

Schmidt Lab alumni Christopher Turner, Jordan Wolfheimer, and Dr. Nicole Hernandez, in collaboration with Drs. De Luca and Madsen of the University of Copenhagen, recently published a paper in Neuropharmacology . Find the abstract below: Protein interacting with C kinase-1 … Read More

Featured: Neuropsychopharmacology Cover Image

A figure from Dr. Yafang Zhang’s recent paper Activation of GLP-1 receptors attenuates oxycodone taking and seeking without compromising the antinociceptive effects of oxycodone in rats was recently featured on the cover of Neuropsychopharmacology (middle image). Congrats Dr. Zhang and … Read More

Activation of GLP-1 Receptors Attenuates Oxycodone Taking and Seeking Without Compromising the Antinociceptive Effects of Oxycodone in Rats

Postdoctoral researcher Yafang Zhang recently had a paper published in Neuropsychopharmacology in collaboration with many of our lab members! Congrats Yafang! Find the abstract below: Despite the effectiveness of current medications to treat opioid use disorder, there is still a … Read More