Paula Bazzino is a second year Ph.D student in the Graduate Program of Neuroscience at UIC. She is currently working in Dr. Mitchell F. Roitman’s laboratory and her research focuses on understanding the neurochemical and neurophysiological basis of motivated behavior. Specifically, she is looking at the role of the nucleus accumbens in both adaptive and maladaptive motivated behaviors. Paula completed her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Florida where she performed research on the role of microglia in chronic inflammation of the brain and how this is related to HIV associated neurodegenerative disorders. In her free time, she enjoys running and painting.