NGUYEN LAB | Baylor University



The Nguyen Lab is interested in the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the onset and development of substance use disorders and addiction. Areas of focus in the lab include neural circuits mediating drug-seeking behavior and dependence, the neurobiological effects of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) vapor exposure, and the behavioral and physiological consequences following exposure to opioids and cannabinoids. The Nguyen Lab currently investigates mechanisms of opioid addiction, including kappa opioid receptor’s contributions to a compulsive-like escalation in oxycodone self-administration using chemogenetic methodology. Dr. Nguyen’s research program incorporates multidisciplinary methodologies (behavioral, molecular, and biochemical) to study mechanisms of reward and stress, which are closely associated with substance use, addiction, and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

MCnair scholars research

In Summer 2023, members of the Nguyen Lab supported fellow lab member Sarah Jewanee at the McNair Scholars Research Conference where she presented the behavioral effects of oxycodone administration, an experimental study that measured withdrawal. (pictured from left to right: Dr. Nguyen, Aliyah Ogden, Danielle Sogbesan, Mariana Dejeux, Sarah Jewanee, Hamid Koroni, Evan Farach, Benjamin Schwartz).

Nguyen Lab Welcomes New Students

In August 2023, the Nguyen Lab welcomed two new graduate students, Jacklyn Staffeld and Andriy Fomin. During a grocery store trip, the lab technician Blake Reeves recommended a convenient and affordable location for the new members of the lab to get victuals in Waco and reminded them about the importance of balancing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in their diets.

New Year Is Off to Good Start @ Nguyen Lab

On March 24, 2024, Blake Reeves, a newly admitted Ph.D. student at Baylor’s Psychology & Neuroscience, inaugurated the start of the new research year at the Nguyen Lab by presenting a poster at the 16th Annual Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Substance Use Disorders conference in San Antonio, TX.