Dr. Karla Kaun is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University. She received her PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto and afterward completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco and Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Farm Research Campus before joining the faculty at Brown. Karla is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science.
Karla is interested in understanding the molecular and neural mechanisms underlying drug addiction and uses the powerful molecular and genetic tools available in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate this. Her lab is currently developing new models to study memory for alcohol intoxication, mapping circuits for memories of the aversive and appetitive properties of alcohol, and investigating the molecular mechanisms within these circuits that affect neuronal plasticity and function.