Marco Antonio Liera

Laboratory Manager


My main research interests involve understanding the neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms of mood disorders and addiction. My future research goals are to investigate how chronic stress plays a factor in mood disorders and the mechanisms behind susceptibility and resiliency to stress. I would also like to take part in identifying/mapping brain regions and neural circuits that are known to be involved in specific depressive related symptoms. I am also interested in studying the dopaminergic pathway and limbic structures which pertain to motivation and addiction and how these structures affect mood disorders.


Optogenetics, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, operant testing, self-stimulation testing, and shock rod testing.