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Carlos Rodriguez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Carlos Rodriguez, PhD

Dr. Rodriguez is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Mind Research Network working with Dr. Jon Houck. His previous work was broadly aimed at characterizing the behavioral, cognitive, and neurobiological abnormalities associated with moderate prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in an animal model. An important line of this research was aimed at addressing the question of how moderate PAE alters functional network connectivity (FNC) by applying the group Independent Components Analysis (gICA) technique to fMRI data. Subsequent collaborative research explored the use of machine learning algorithms to non-invasively detect PAE from FNC data as a potential non-invasive diagnostic tool. Dr. Rodriguez has also collaborated with MRN investigators to characterize FNC in adolescents and young adults diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Currently, Dr. Rodriguez’s research efforts are aimed at exploring the effects of adolescent exposure to psychotropic substances on anticipatory and consummatory reward processing and investigating how related reward processing alterations confer risk for the development of alcohol or other drug use disorders.

 

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