School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Judit Garcia-Gonzalez


PhD student



Project title: Understanding genetic factors underlying vulnerability to nicotine addiction and response

Summary: This project aims to identify new genetic markers linked to drug addiction and treatment outcome by interrogation of human SNP data and analysis of lines of mutagenised zebrafish. The results of the work are likely to be relevant to central reward mechanisms involving dopamine and other neurotransmitters both in animals and in humans and may identify proteins whose action could be modified by drug therapy. The ultimate aim of these studies is to develop safer, more effective treatments for addictive disorders.