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Matthew Wanat

Matthew Wanat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Phone: (210) 458-6684
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Areas of Specialization
  • Drug Addiction
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior
  • Stress

Brain Health Consortium
UTSA Neurosciences Institute


Ph.D. in Neuroscience; University of California, San Francisco
B.S.; University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

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Dr. Wanat's research focuses on the neural circuits that control reward-seeking actions (positive reinforcement) as well as the avoidance of aversive outcomes (negative reinforcement). The lab is particularly interested in how the mesolimbic dopamine system governs actions in a regionally and temporally defined manner. The goal is to identify and reverse neural adaptations underlying aberrant motivational processes in models of psychiatric disorders.

Training Opportunities

Training opportunities are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The lab employs a diverse array of experimental techniques, including fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and fiber photometry.


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