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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Behavioural Neuroscience Faculty Profiles

The Behavioural Neuroscience area at Laurier has 5 primary faculty members. A brief overview of each of their research programs is provided below. For more information about particular faculty members, click on a photo to be directed to the individualís personal faculty webpage.


Rudy Eikelboom
Chair of Psychology
reikelboom [at]

My lab studies the biopsychology of appetitive behaviours, such as exercise, feeding, drinking, sexual behaviour, and substance abuse. My students and I are particularly interested in the transition from controlled to excessive or addictive consumption. We work with a number of simple rat models (wheel running and sugar drinking) that exhibit characteristics of human addiction and eating disorders and are looking at learning and behavioural factors controlling these behaviours.


Paul Mallet
Associate Professor
pmallet [at]

My lab studies the short- and long-term effects of drugs of abuse. A major focus of this research is concerned with the endocannabinoid system; that is, cannabis-like neurochemicals and their receptors. Using behavioural and immunohistochemical methods, My lab examines how the endocannabinoid system is involved in normal behaviour (e.g., learning, memory, feeding, locomotion), and pathological behaviour (e.g., addiction), and how cannabis interacts with non-cannabinoid drugs such as cocaine, 'ecstasy', alcohol, and heroin, to influence behaviour and brain activity.


Diano Marrone
Assistant Professor
dmarrone [at]

My lab studies neurophysiology and gene expression related to learning and memory, with a particular emphasis on the neurobiology of ageing and age-related disease.


Bruce McKay
Assistant Professor
bmckay [at]

My lab studies the cellular and synaptic mechanisms by which addictive and therapeutic drugs modify nervous system function, especially within the cerebellum, hippocampus, and ventral tegmental area. We use electrophysiology tools such as patch clamp recordings from single neurons in acute brain slices and in vivo field potential recordings from intact rats, as well as immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging and behavioural analyses.