Brian Sweis

Entering Class - 2014

Member of MSTP (MD/PhD) program

E-MAIL: sweis001@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Loyola University Chicago, BS in Biology and BA in Psychology, 2012

GRADUATE ADVISOR:
Mark Thomas, Ph.D., Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology
David Redish, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH:
My work is focused on understanding circuits underlying deliberation in a mouse model of neuroeconomic decision-making and how these circuits are susceptible to change during the time course of addiction. This is accomplished with in vivo mouse optogenetics and slice electrophysiology in the Thomas lab and in vivo rat electrophysiology in the Redish lab. My work is also part of a larger collaborative project translating efforts into healthy humans and addicts using fMRI with Angus MacDonald III, PhD, Psychology, and Kelvin Lim, MD, Psychiatry.

RESEARCH CATEGORIES

  • Drug Abuse and Addiction
  • Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroendocrine & Homeostatic Systems
  • Neuroimaging and Optogenetics
  • Synaptic Plasticity & Learning

GRADUATE LEVEL AWARDS AND HONORS

  • MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Fellowship, 2015

ROTATIONS

OTHER COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT

  • Center for Cognitive Sciences, Executive Council, 2015
  • Student interest group in Neurology, President 2013-2014

GRADUATE LEVEL PUBLICATIONS

  • Bachour SP, Hevesi M, Bachour O, Sweis BM, Mahmoudi J, Brekke JA, Divani AA. Comparisons between Garcia, Modo, and Longa rodent stroke scales: Optimizing resource allocation in rat models of focal middle cerebral artery occlusion. J Neurol Sci. 2016 May 15;364:136-40.
  • Sweis BM, Bachour SP, Brekke JA, Gewirtz JC, Sadeghi-Bazargani H, Hevesi M, Divani AA.  A modified beam-walking apparatus for assessment of anxiety in a rodent model of blast traumatic brain injury.  Behav Brain Res. 2015 Sep 11;296:149-156.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
The caliber of neuroscience research, the vast amount of resources, the incredibly collaborative nature of everyone in the department, and the major metro (two cities!) area all played a role in my decision to come to the U of MN.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.

Scott Warren:  He's been a close friend and colleague through the entire program. Keeping in mind grant progress (MnDRIVE) is just one of the pieces of advice I've received.

Brian Swies