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Villegas, Francisco

Villegas, Francisco

Associate Professor
Behavioral Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Central mechanisms of reward and Sleep

My research interest is based on using rodent models of Alzheimer’s disease and the recovery of cognitive functions. The rat Alzheimer’s model is produced by chronic infusion of neurotoxins. I am interested in the effects of intracranial self-stimulation and deep brain stimulation in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease and its effects on attention/learning/memory and neurogenesis. My lab uses various behavioral assessments including the Social Discrimination test, Morris water maze for testing learning/memory, and a ‘serial reaction time task’ for the testing of attention.

Currently, I am looking at the behavioral and cognitive deficits, as well as sleep-wake measures in streptozotocin-induced [neurotoxin] rats. The goal of this study is to identify the biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease and measure changes in sleep/wake patterns in rodents.

Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  City University of New York  Experimental Cognition  1997 
BA  City College, City University of New York  Psychology  1979