Introduction to the Laboratory


Drs. Maier and Watkins have merged their laboratories into a single multi-disciplinary site that uses techniques ranging over the full spectrum, from molecular to behavioral, to investigate a set of inter-related problems in the neurosciences. The laboratory is administered as a collaborative effort, with all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows being jointly supervised by Drs. Maier and Watkins. Furthermore, the multi-disciplinary nature of many of the projects encourages collaboration between students in the laboratory, as well as collaboration with other laboratories. Thus, many of the investigations are group efforts that combine a range of expertise in different subdisciplines. The current postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory received their PhDs in Anatomy, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, and Psychology, highlighting the breadth of work in the laboratory and the diversity of approaches and techniques that are available.

General Theme

The focus of the Laboratory is to understand how organisms adapt to challenge. Challenge is conceived broadly, and can be environmental (e.g., a stressor), immunological (e.g., an infectious agent), pharmacological (e.g., a drug of abuse), or sensory (e.g., pain). For more detailed description of ongoing projects go to the Specific Projects page.


The laboratory consists of approximately 4,000 square feet of modern research space including facilities for separate germ free housing of animals that are involved in immunological studies. Major components and facilities include:

Available Techniques