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Sarah R. Heilbronner

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Haber Lab

Lab: (585) 275-1465

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Biography

Professional Background

Email: sarah_heilbronner@urmc.rochester.edu

Research

I am currently a postdoc in Dr. Suzanne Haber's lab, where I am studying the neural circuitry associated with reward processing, decision-making, and executive function. Before coming to URMC, I was a PhD student in Dr. Michael Platt's lab at Duke's Department of Neurobiology. In my thesis work, I recorded from single neurons and used reversible inactivation to probe the function of a specific brain region, the posterior cingulate cortex. This part of the brain is one of a set of areas, known as the default mode network, that are consistently activated at rest. I am now probing the anatomical connections that link together the default mode network. This includes mapping the white matter pathways, especially the cingulum bundle, most closely associated with these regions.

In addition, I am interested in delineating the circuits that are abnormal in obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, and addiction to drugs of abuse. Along with the other members of Dr. Haber's team, I am working to determine the anatomical connections that are affected by neurosurgical interventions for psychiatric disorders (such as deep brain stimulation).

Credentials

Education

2007
BA | Harvard College
Psychology

2012
PhD | Duke University
Neurobiology

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Postdoctoral training | University of Rochester
Neuroanatomy

Awards

2016
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry's Outstanding Postdoctoral Researcher Award

2016
Psychonomic Society Best Article Award for "The description-experience gap in risky choice in nonhuman primates"

2014 - Present
Postdoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, "Anatomical connections subserving the default mode network"

2014
Tourette Syndrome Association Postdoctoral Fellowship

2014
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Award

2010 - 2012
Predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, "The role of cingulate cortex in reward-based decision-making"

2009
Duke Primate Genomics Initiative Summer Graduate Fellowship

2007 - 2011
James B. Duke Fellowship

2007
Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College

2007
Harvard Psychology Faculty Prize

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Publications

Journal Articles

2017
*Coizet, Veronique; *Heilbronner, Sarah R; Carcenac, Carole; Lehman, Julia F; Savasta, Marc; David, Olivier; Deniau, Jean-Michel; Groenewegen, Henk J; Haber, Suzanne N. *Denotes equal contribution. "Organization of the Anterior Limb of the Internal Capsule in the Rat". The Journal of Neuroscience. 2017; .

2017
Heilbronner, Sarah R. "Modeling risky decision-making in nonhuman animals: shared core features". Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 16: 23-29.

10/1/2016
Heilbronner SR, Rodriguez-Romaguera J, Quirk GJ, Groenewegen HJ, Haber SN. "Circuit-Based Corticostriatal Homologies Between Rat and Primate." Biological psychiatry.. 2016 Oct 1; 80(7):509-21. Epub 2016 May 24.

Books & Chapters

2015
Chapter Title: Neurocircuits commonly involved in psychiatric disorders and their stimulation and lesion therapies
Book Title: Neuromodulation in Psychiatry
Author List: Sarah R. Heilbronner*, Ziad Safadi*, Suzanne N. Haber *Denotes equal contribution
Edited By: Clement Hamani, Paul Holtzheimer, Andres Lozano, Helen Mayberg
Published By: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd2015

2009
Chapter Title: Neuroeconomics of risk-sensitive decision making
Book Title: Impulsivity: The Behavioral and Neurological Science of Discounting
Author List: Heilbronner, S.R., Hayden, B.Y., & Platt, M.L.
Published By: American Psychological Association2009

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