During my time in the University of Massachusetts Amherst I studied maternal behavior in rats. I learned several new techniques and had my first experience working with rodents (actually switched from invertebrates to vertebrates!).

Rat pup of around 12 days old.
Rat pup of around 12 days old.

Here’s a nice picture of mPOA neurons with triple labelling: VTA-projecting (Fluorogold, yellow), Esr1 (red), c-Fos (white).

Immunohistochemistry in mPOA

This work materialized in my MSc. thesis: Mapping a pup-resposive pathway from medial preoptic area to ventral tegmental area.