csub sealCalifornia State University, Bakersfield Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory (BNL)


Isabel Sumaya, Ph.D.*

Associate Professor


The primary focus of the BNL is the study of the indoleamine neurohormone, melatonin and its in vivo behavioral effects in animal models including Parkinsonism, Depression and Anxiety. Of special interest is the effect of melatonin on the D2 dopaminergic receptor system during extrapyramidal motor disturbances. Also studied are the circadian effects of various D2 dopaminergic agonists and antagonists which are used in clinical populations in the treatment of Schizophrenia.

Other areas of interest include the effects of caloric restriction on learned helplessness and survival rate in rats.

Recent Poster

Society for Neuroscience 2009

Society for Neuroscience 2009

Society for Neuroscience 2007

Society for Neuroscience 2006