The rodent behavior core allows assessment of common psychiatric disease-relevant animal behaviors such as anxiety, spontaneous activity, depression-like behavior and cognition.

Tests for anxiety:

Elevated Plus-Maze for rats (Ugo Basile): Elevated plus maze is used to assess anxiety-like behavior in rodents.

Black and White box test (Harvard Apparatus): Black-white box is used to assess anxiety-like behavior in rodents.

Tests for depression:

Forced Swimming test apparatus (IITC Life Science)

Tail Suspension Test (Harvard Apparatus)

Tests for activity level:

Open-field Apparatus (IITC Life Science)

Activity monitoring systems: (IITC Life Science)

Tests for cognition:

8 Arm Radial Maze (Harvard Apparatus)

Morris Water Maze test (Ugo Basile)

Passive Avoidance Test (Harvard Apparatus)

Freezing and Startle Combined System (Harvard Apparatus)

Equipment to induce psychiatric-like disease in rodents:

Learned Helplessness (Ugo Basile)

Other equipment:

Tail Flick Analgesia Meter (Ugo Basile)

Sociability apparatus (Ugo Basile)

Faculty & Postdocs


de Quevedo, Joao L. treatment-resistant

Joao L. de Quevedo, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Director, Translational Psychiatry Program
Director, Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders Program

Barichello, Tatiana immunology psychiatry.

Tatiana Barichello, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor











  • Vijayasree V. Giridharan, MPharm, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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