Dr. Amber Muehlmann, PhD
is a junior faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry. Her lab focuses on abnormal brain function that causes repetitive behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder and OCD. Recently, her studies identified the role of a small region deep within the brain called the subthalamic nucleus. This region shows less activation in mice that shows high rates of repetitive behavior. Dr. Muehlmann hopes that by finding the brain region(s) responsible for repetitive behavior, she will then be able to identify new drug treatments. One such treatment was featured recently in Spectrum News.