Nicolas Massaly



My current work focus on the accumbal dynorphin-KOR system and how its plasticity in the presence of pain alters motivation for rewards and negative affects. Characterization of pain-induced changes in this neural circuit is critical to overcome alterations in mood, reinforcement and opioid misuse epidemic.

This focus is a direct follow up on my PhD studies on neuroplastic changes in the nucleus accumbens during opioid-induced behaviors in Bernard Frances laboratory (Toulouse, France) and first post-doctoral experience in Christoph Stein laboratory studying pain and peripheral opioid analgesia (Berlin, Germany). 

Outside of lab I love cooking, tasting new beers, listening to music, going to shows and traveling. 

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