Behavioral Teratology Lab

The Thomas Lab focuses on investigating the impact of drugs of abuse on brain and behavioral development. Our research primarily delves into the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), encompassing physical, neuropathological, and behavioral effects. Our investigations revolve around exploring various treatments to potentially alleviate the severity of FASD, including nutritional, and environmental interventions. We are interested in investigating whether choline supplementation can mitigate the severity of FASD, even when administered postnatally and after alcohol exposure has ceased. Additionally, we are currently exploring the potential teratogenic effects of THC and nicotine, as well as how combinations of THC with alcohol or nicotine may influence neural and behavioral development. Our research actively involves students, enabling them to gain hands-on experience in behavioral testing and pre-clinical anlayses.