Alumni

Mami Otaka, Ph.D.

Graduated: April, 2015
Mentor: Dr. Yan Dong
Thesis: Characterization of GABAergic projections from the ventral tegmental area of the nucleus accumbens: Effects of dopamine and cocaine
Current Position: Researcher Eli Lilly Japan Co.
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Prior Degree: BS Washington State University (2007)

Publications:

Neumann, P.A., Ishikawa, M., Otaka, M., Huang, Y.H., Schlüter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Increased Excitability of Lateral Habenula Neurons following Cocaine Self-administration. (Submitted to Addiction Biology Dec 2013).

Ishikawa, M., Otaka, M., Huang, Y.H., Neumann, P.A., Winters, B.D., Grace, A.A., Schlüter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Dopamine Triggers Heterosynaptic Plasticity. J Neurosci. Apr 17; 33(16): 6759-65, 2013.

Otaka, M., Ishikawa, M., Lee, B.R., Liu, L., Neumann, P.A., Cui, R., Huang, Y.H., Schlüter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Exposure to Cocaine Regulates Inhibitory Synaptic Transmission in the Nucleus Accumbens. J Neurosci. Apr 17; 33(16): 6753-8, 2013.

Ishikawa, M., Otaka, M., Neumann, P.A., Wang, Z., Cook, J., Schlüter, O.M., Dong, Y. and Huang, Y. Exposure to cocaine regulates inhibitory synaptic transmission from the ventral tegmental area to nucleus accumbens. Journal of Physiology. Oct 1;591(Pt 19): 4827-41, 2013.

Lee, B.R., Ma, Y.Y., Huang, Y.H., Wang, X., Otaka, M., Ishikawa, M., Neumann, P.A., Graziane, N.M., Brown, T.E., Suska, A., Guo, C., Lobo, M.K., Sesack, S.R., Wolf, M.E., Nestler, E.J., Shaham, Y., Schlüter, O.M. and Dong, Y. Maturation of Silent Synapses in Amygdala-accumbens Projection Contributes to Incubation of Cocaine Craving. Nature Neuroscience, Nov;16(11): 1644-51, 2013.