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Neurobehavioral Core Laboratory


The Neurobehavioral Core Laboratory allows intramural researchers to study rodent responses to internal and external stimuli, with the goal of gaining insight into nervous system function and dysfunction associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to provide the latest cutting edge neurobehavioral techniques including in vivo electrophysiology, optical imaging and optogenetics.


Mouse behavioral testing is used to evaluate the behavioral effects of both genetic and environmental perturbations.

  • Environment interaction studies that assess susceptibility to neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Behavioral tests that reflect symptoms of psychiatric and neurological conditions
  • Assays that track the development of abnormal phenotypes
  • Advanced techniques that allow for direct perturbation and readout from genetically and anatomically defined neural circuitry during behavior such as in vivo electrophysiology, optical imaging and optogenetics

Behavioral assays:

  • Elevated Plus Maze
  • Y-Maze
  • T-Maze
  • Open Field
  • Light/Dark Box
  • Object Location Memory Task
  • Object Recognition Memory Task
  • Barnes Maze
  • Bussey-Saksida Touchscreen
  • Marble Burying Assay
  • Fear Conditioning

NIEHS Shared and Core Facilities are available to NIH researchers. Information for staff on utilizing these services can be found on the NIEHS Junction or by contacting the staff below.

Scientific Staff

Jesse Cushman
Jesse D. Cushman, Ph.D.
Director, Neurobehavioral Core Laboratory
Tel 984-287-3463
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop F2-12
Durham, N.C. 27709
Korey D. Stevanovic
Korey D. Stevanovic, M.Sc.
Tel 919-541-2882
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop F2-12
Durham, N.C. 27709
Jemma M. Strauss
Jemma M. Strauss
Fellow — IRTA Postbaccalaureate
Tel 984-287-3456
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop F2-12
Durham, N.C. 27709