Brett Dufour, PhD

Dr. Dufour is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis in the laboratory of Dr. Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno.  He earned his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and his MS in Animal Sciences from Purdue University. The focus of his research is to characterize the neuropathological mechanisms that underlie neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, and to use these findings to develop targeted genetic and pharmacological therapies. His MS thesis research focused on abnormal repetitive behaviors in animals, with an emphasis in stereotypic and compulsive behaviors. He has worked with a variety of different species, including human and non-human primates as well as a variety of rodent species. Currently he is investigating whether there are alterations in the neural circuitry that regulates social behavior in fragile X syndrome and autism utilizing human postmortem brain tissue.