Faculty Mentors

Jill Becker, PhD

Division of Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience
University of Michigan

Dr. Jill Becker is a Professor of Psychology and Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan. Her research laboratory focuses on investigating how sex differences in the brain may underlie the sex differences in drug addiction.  We are also interested in the role of ovarian hormones in expression of these sex differences and the mechanisms mediating the rapid effects of estradiol in the brain. Her lab uses in vivo microdialysis to study changes in brain chemistry (dopamine, serotonin) from freely moving rats, immunohistochemistry to look at changes in proteins expressed after drug taking behavior, viral vector technology, and cocaine self-administration to assess drug abuse liability and addictive tendencies.

Selected Publications:
Sanchis‐Segura, C., & Becker, J. (2016). Why we should consider sex (and study sex differences) in addiction research. Addiction Biology.

Becker, J. B., McClellan, M., & Reed, B. G. (2016). Sociocultural context for sex differences in addiction. Addiction Biology.

Becker, J. B., Molenda, H., & Hummer, D. L. (2001). Gender differences in the behavioral responses to cocaine and amphetamine. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences937(1), 172-187.