The Psychopharmacology Laboratory (one of the research laboratories in the Asbury Building) consists of an approximately 1700 square-foot suite devoted to behavioral assays, such as aversion learning, place preference conditioning, schedule-induced polydipsia, drug discrimination learning, schedule-controlled responding and drug self-administration.
Additionally, our lab has dedicated space for tissue dissection and preparation for histological assays, including fluorescence microscopy, ELISA, immunohistochemistry and spectrophotometry. Performance of other assays, such as Western blot (protein immunoblot) analysis, quantitative real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction testing (qPCR) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), is accomplished with equipment acquired through partnerships with the Biology and Chemistry departments.
All of the animals for our research are maintained in an adjacent animal holding area. This common vivarium has a total of six animal rooms. Additionally, the facility includes a fully equipped surgery suite, injection room, storage and cage washing/disinfecting equipment. Animal care is provided by a professional animal husbandry technician and the individual laboratories, as well as the common vivarium, are inspected monthly by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of American University.