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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Phillip Baker

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Phil Baker


2010     Holden D. Brown, Phillip M. Baker, Michael E. Ragozzino. The parafascicular thalamic nucleus concomitantly influences behavioral flexibility and dorsomedial striatal acetylcholine output in rats. J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 27;30(43):14390-8. 

2011      Phillip M. Baker, Jennifer L. Thompson, John A. Sweeney & Michael E. Ragozzino. Differential Effects of 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C Blockade on Strategy-Switching. Behav Brain Res. 2011 May 16; 219: 123-131.

2012      Eric G. Mohler, Phillip M. Baker, Sharon Shacham, Kimberly Gannon, John A. Sweeney & Michael E. Ragozzino. PRX-07034, A Novel 5-HT6 Antagonist Enhances Cognitive Flexibility and Working Memory. Psychopharm (Berl). 2012 Apr; 220:687-96.



Research Interests:

Drug abuse and addiction represent a significant burden to society and can lead to a number of behavioral abnormalities even after abstinence. I am investigating how prefrontal-basal ganglia systems, including modulatory systems which influence these areas, contribute to decision making when delays to reward must be considered. I am also interested in how these systems make use of cue information to make these decisions. Understanding how these systems interact in both drug exposed and drug naive states can lead to new ways of treating drug addiction.



Ph.D. Neuroscience. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013

     Dissertation: "Contributions of the Prelimbic Cortex and Basal Ganglia Circuitry to Proactive Behavioral Switching"

B. A. Biochemistry, Minor in Philosophy. Eastern Mennonite University, 2007