Carlee Toddes

Entering Class - 2016


Undergraduate Institution and Major:

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire B.S., Psychology 2015 

Graduate Advisor:

Graduate Research:

I study how the mu opioid receptor regulates social behavior.

Graduate Publications:

Lefevre EM, Pisansky MT, Toddes C, Baruffaldi F, Pravetoni M, Tian L, Kono TJY, Rothwell PE. Interruption of continuous opioid exposure exacerbates drug-evoked adaptations in the mesolimbic dopamine system. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2020 Feb 20. doi: 10.1038/s41386-020-0643-x.

Graduate Level Abstracts:

  • Toddes C, Rothwell P. The Social Brain and Mu, Society for Neuroscience meeting. 2018.

Graduate Level Awards:

  • Ruth Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award 2020-2023
  • Stark Travel Award 2018

Graduate Level Committees:

  • Career Facilitatin Committee  2018-2020

Professional Societies:

  • Society for Neuroscience

Thesis Committee Members:

Undergraduate or Post-Bac Research:

As an undergraduate I worked in several different laboratories, beginning in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab studying the neurochemical regulation of eating in Sprague Dawley rats. I later joined a laboratory that focused on the experimental analysis of behavior in order to study the environmental variables which affect behavior. After graduation I went to work for the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco where I used several transgenic mouse models to study neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

What Got You Interested In Research?

I became interested in research after learning about different neurodevelopmental disorders and how they affect the brain. I had originally wanted to pursue a career as a psychiatrist but felt that I could make a greater impact as a research scientist. I became very interested in merging the two fields of psychiatry and neuroscience, and working within those fields to produce more effective therapies for severe mental disorders.


Kelvin O. Lim, MD, Department of Psychiatry
Matthew Chafee, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Why Did You Choose MN?

I choose UMN for the amazing collaborative spirit, the amount and quality of laboratories available to me, and the investment that the university puts into their graduate students. I am very interested in translational neuroscience and was drawn to the collaborative nature of the University of Minnesota where I could work with several different investigators on complimentary projects.

Student Mentor and the Best Advice They Gave.

Brendan Hasz: He really helped me to stay calm about rotations and helped me pick several amazing scientists to work with!

Carlee Toddes