Erica received her B.A in Biology & Neuroscience and Psychology at CUNY Macaulay Honors College and CUNY Queens College. She then received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology with Dr. Fan Wang at Duke University examining the neural circuitry underlying heightened facial pain perception. Currently, Erica is exploring how the dynamic social environment regulates state value representation in the mouse.
Rodriguez, E; Ryu, D.; Zhao, S.; Han, B-X.; Wang, F. Identifying parabrachial neurons selectively regulating satiety for highly palatable food in mice. eNeuro. 6, 0252-19 (2019)
Rodriguez, E; Sakurai K.; Xu, J; Chen, Y.; Toda, K.; Zhao, S.; Han, B-X.; Ryu, D.; Yin, H.; Liedtke W.; Wang, F. A craniofacial-specific monosynaptic circuit enables heightened affective pain. Nature Neuroscience. 20, 1734-1743 (2017)
Paez-Gonzalez, P.*, Asrican, B.*, Rodriguez, E.*, Kuo, C.T. Identification of distinct ChAT+ neurons and activity-dependent control of postnatal SVZ neurogenesis. Nature Neuroscience. 17, 934-942 (2014) (*co-first authors)