University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Amy Lasek is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her main scientific interest is to understand the molecular and cellular neuroscience of alcohol and drug addiction. The goals of her research are to identify new genes that contribute to addiction and to characterize the function of these genes in the brain at the anatomical and cellular level. She would like to use this knowledge to find new therapies to treat alcoholism and drug addiction. Dr. Lasek is also interested in understanding how sex differences in the brain change the way men and women respond differently to drugs of abuse, to help tailor treatments that are effective for both sexes. She is published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals and her work has been featured online in Chemical and Engineering News and Scientific American. She is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Lasek received her B.A. in Biology and Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Cornell University. After obtaining her Ph.D., she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, she was a staff scientist at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco.