Kate Wassum

Title(s)Professor, Psychology
SchoolCollege of Letters and Science
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    Nucleus accumbens circuits for regulating cue-motivated behavior
    NIH R01MH126285Apr 2, 2021 - Jan 31, 2026
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Epigenetic Regulation Of Striatal Circuit Function For Action And Habit Learning
    NIH R01DA046679Apr 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Amygdala-cortical circuitry in reward encoding, expectation, and decision making
    NIH R01DA035443May 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Opioid and Glutamate Modulation of Reward Value During Goal-Directed Behavior
    NIH F31DA023774Dec 1, 2007 - Nov 30, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Cognitive representations of intracranial self-stimulation of midbrain dopamine neurons depend on stimulation frequency. Nat Neurosci. 2024 May 13. Millard SJ, Hoang IB, Sherwood S, Taira M, Reyes V, Greer Z, O'Connor SL, Wassum KM, James MH, Barker DJ, Sharpe MJ. PMID: 38741021.
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    2. Maximizing Electrochemical Information: A Perspective on Background-Inclusive Fast Voltammetry. Anal Chem. 2024 Apr 10. Movassaghi CS, Alcañiz Fillol M, Kishida KT, McCarty G, Sombers LA, Wassum KM, Andrews AM. PMID: 38597398.
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    3. Dopamine projections to the basolateral amygdala drive the encoding of identity-specific reward memories. Nat Neurosci. 2024 Apr; 27(4):728-736. Sias AC, Jafar Y, Goodpaster CM, Ramírez-Armenta K, Wrenn TM, Griffin NK, Patel K, Lamparelli AC, Sharpe MJ, Wassum KM. PMID: 38396258; PMCID: PMC11110430.
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    4. Anterior cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex alcohol cue reactivity varies as a function of drink preference in alcohol use disorder. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2024 Mar 01; 256:111123. Kirsch DE, Ray LA, Wassum KM, Grodin EN. PMID: 38367535.
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    5. A dual-pathway architecture enables chronic stress to promote habit formation. bioRxiv. 2023 Oct 03. Giovanniello JR, Paredes N, Wiener A, Ramírez-Armenta K, Oragwam C, Uwadia HO, Lim K, Nnamdi G, Wang A, Sehgal M, Reis FM, Sias AC, Silva AJ, Adhikari A, Malvaez M, Wassum KM. PMID: 37873076; PMCID: PMC10592885.
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    6. Dorsomedial prefrontal cortex activation disrupts Pavlovian incentive motivation. Front Behav Neurosci. 2022; 16:999320. Halbout B, Hutson C, Wassum KM, Ostlund SB. PMID: 36311857; PMCID: PMC9608868.
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    7. Amygdala-cortical collaboration in reward learning and decision making. Elife. 2022 09 05; 11. Wassum KM. PMID: 36062909; PMCID: PMC9444241.
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    8. The Medial Orbitofrontal Cortex-Basolateral Amygdala Circuit Regulates the Influence of Reward Cues on Adaptive Behavior and Choice. J Neurosci. 2021 08 25; 41(34):7267-7277. Lichtenberg NT, Sepe-Forrest L, Pennington ZT, Lamparelli AC, Greenfield VY, Wassum KM. PMID: 34272313; PMCID: PMC8387114.
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    9. A bidirectional corticoamygdala circuit for the encoding and retrieval of detailed reward memories. Elife. 2021 06 18; 10. Sias AC, Morse AK, Wang S, Greenfield VY, Goodpaster CM, Wrenn TM, Wikenheiser AM, Holley SM, Cepeda C, Levine MS, Wassum KM. PMID: 34142660; PMCID: PMC8266390.
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    10. Capturing habitualness of drinking and smoking behavior in humans. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 02 01; 207:107738. Ray LA, Du H, Grodin E, Bujarski S, Meredith L, Ho D, Nieto S, Wassum K. PMID: 31816490; PMCID: PMC8063853.
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    11. Mesolimbic dopamine projections mediate cue-motivated reward seeking but not reward retrieval in rats. Elife. 2019 05 20; 8. Halbout B, Marshall AT, Azimi A, Liljeholm M, Mahler SV, Wassum KM, Ostlund SB. PMID: 31107241; PMCID: PMC6548499.
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    12. Distinct cortical-amygdala projections drive reward value encoding and retrieval. Nat Neurosci. 2019 05; 22(5):762-769. Malvaez M, Shieh C, Murphy MD, Greenfield VY, Wassum KM. PMID: 30962632; PMCID: PMC6486448.
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    13. Nucleus Accumbens Cholinergic Interneurons Oppose Cue-Motivated Behavior. Biol Psychiatry. 2019 09 01; 86(5):388-396. Collins AL, Aitken TJ, Huang IW, Shieh C, Greenfield VY, Monbouquette HG, Ostlund SB, Wassum KM. PMID: 30955842; PMCID: PMC7003647.
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    14. Clarifying punishment. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 07; 43(8):1633-1634. Wassum KM. PMID: 29728646; PMCID: PMC6006317.
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    15. Habits Are Negatively Regulated by Histone Deacetylase 3 in the Dorsal Striatum. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 09 01; 84(5):383-392. Malvaez M, Greenfield VY, Matheos DP, Angelillis NA, Murphy MD, Kennedy PJ, Wood MA, Wassum KM. PMID: 29571524; PMCID: PMC6082729.
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    16. Regulation of habit formation in the dorsal striatum. Curr Opin Behav Sci. 2018 Apr; 20:67-74. Malvaez M, Wassum KM. PMID: 29713658; PMCID: PMC5920535.
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    17. Basolateral Amygdala to Orbitofrontal Cortex Projections Enable Cue-Triggered Reward Expectations. J Neurosci. 2017 08 30; 37(35):8374-8384. Lichtenberg NT, Pennington ZT, Holley SM, Greenfield VY, Cepeda C, Levine MS, Wassum KM. PMID: 28743727; PMCID: PMC5577854.
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    18. Optogenetic excitation of cholinergic inputs to hippocampus primes future contextual fear associations. Sci Rep. 2017 05 24; 7(1):2333. Hersman S, Cushman J, Lemelson N, Wassum K, Lotfipour S, Fanselow MS. PMID: 28539613; PMCID: PMC5443779.
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    19. Amygdala mu-opioid receptors mediate the motivating influence of cue-triggered reward expectations. Eur J Neurosci. 2017 02; 45(3):381-387. Lichtenberg NT, Wassum KM. PMID: 27862489; PMCID: PMC5293612.
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    20. Modulation of cue-triggered reward seeking by cholinergic signaling in the dorsomedial striatum. Eur J Neurosci. 2017 02; 45(3):358-364. Ostlund SB, Liu AT, Wassum KM, Maidment NT. PMID: 27813263; PMCID: PMC5293608.
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    21. Nucleus Accumbens Acetylcholine Receptors Modulate Dopamine and Motivation. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 11; 41(12):2830-2838. Collins AL, Aitken TJ, Greenfield VY, Ostlund SB, Wassum KM. PMID: 27240658; PMCID: PMC5061892.
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    22. Corrigendum: Basolateral amygdala rapid glutamate release encodes an outcome-specific representation vital for reward-predictive cues to selectively invigorate reward-seeking actions. Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 15; 6:20891. Malvaez M, Greenfield VY, Wang AS, Yorita AM, Feng L, Linker KE, Monbouquette HG, Wassum KM. PMID: 26876785; PMCID: PMC4753403.
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    23. Dynamic mesolimbic dopamine signaling during action sequence learning and expectation violation. Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 12; 6:20231. Collins AL, Greenfield VY, Bye JK, Linker KE, Wang AS, Wassum KM. PMID: 26869075; PMCID: PMC4751524.
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    24. Nucleus accumbens core dopamine signaling tracks the need-based motivational value of food-paired cues. J Neurochem. 2016 Mar; 136(5):1026-36. Aitken TJ, Greenfield VY, Wassum KM. PMID: 26715366; PMCID: PMC4819964.
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    25. The Origins and Organization of Vertebrate Pavlovian Conditioning. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2015 Nov 09; 8(1):a021717. Fanselow MS, Wassum KM. PMID: 26552417; PMCID: PMC4691796.
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    26. The basolateral amygdala in reward learning and addiction. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2015 Oct; 57:271-83. Wassum KM, Izquierdo A. PMID: 26341938; PMCID: PMC4681295.
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    27. Basolateral amygdala rapid glutamate release encodes an outcome-specific representation vital for reward-predictive cues to selectively invigorate reward-seeking actions. Sci Rep. 2015 Jul 27; 5:12511. Malvaez M, Greenfield VY, Wang AS, Yorita AM, Feng L, Linker KE, Monbouquette HG, Wassum KM. PMID: 26212790; PMCID: PMC4648450.
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    28. Probing the neurochemical correlates of motivation and decision making. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2015 Jan 21; 6(1):11-3. Wassum KM, Phillips PE. PMID: 25526380; PMCID: PMC4304500.
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    29. Inflated reward value in early opiate withdrawal. Addict Biol. 2016 Mar; 21(2):221-33. Wassum KM, Greenfield VY, Linker KE, Maidment NT, Ostlund SB. PMID: 25081350; PMCID: PMC4312551.
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    30. Phasic mesolimbic dopamine signaling encodes the facilitation of incentive motivation produced by repeated cocaine exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014 Sep; 39(10):2441-9. Ostlund SB, LeBlanc KH, Kosheleff AR, Wassum KM, Maidment NT. PMID: 24804846; PMCID: PMC4138756.
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    31. Phasic mesolimbic dopamine release tracks reward seeking during expression of Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 15; 73(8):747-55. Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Loewinger GC, Maidment NT. PMID: 23374641; PMCID: PMC3615104.
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    32. Electrochemically deposited iridium oxide reference electrode integrated with an electroenzymatic glutamate sensor on a multi-electrode array microprobe. Biosens Bioelectron. 2013 Apr 15; 42:256-60. Tolosa VM, Wassum KM, Maidment NT, Monbouquette HG. PMID: 23208095.
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    33. Transient extracellular glutamate events in the basolateral amygdala track reward-seeking actions. J Neurosci. 2012 Feb 22; 32(8):2734-46. Wassum KM, Tolosa VM, Tseng TC, Balleine BW, Monbouquette HG, Maidment NT. PMID: 22357857; PMCID: PMC3548241.
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    34. Phasic mesolimbic dopamine signaling precedes and predicts performance of a self-initiated action sequence task. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 May 15; 71(10):846-54. Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Maidment NT. PMID: 22305286; PMCID: PMC3471807.
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    35. Differential dependence of Pavlovian incentive motivation and instrumental incentive learning processes on dopamine signaling. Learn Mem. 2011; 18(7):475-83. Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW, Maidment NT. PMID: 21693635; PMCID: PMC3125614.
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    36. Micro-opioid receptor activation in the basolateral amygdala mediates the learning of increases but not decreases in the incentive value of a food reward. J Neurosci. 2011 Feb 02; 31(5):1591-9. Wassum KM, Cely IC, Balleine BW, Maidment NT. PMID: 21289167; PMCID: PMC3081716.
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    37. Extracellular dopamine levels in striatal subregions track shifts in motivation and response cost during instrumental conditioning. J Neurosci. 2011 Jan 05; 31(1):200-7. Ostlund SB, Wassum KM, Murphy NP, Balleine BW, Maidment NT. PMID: 21209205; PMCID: PMC3078720.
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    38. Disruption of endogenous opioid activity during instrumental learning enhances habit acquisition. Neuroscience. 2009 Oct 20; 163(3):770-80. Wassum KM, Cely IC, Maidment NT, Balleine BW. PMID: 19619616; PMCID: PMC3065789.
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    39. Distinct opioid circuits determine the palatability and the desirability of rewarding events. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jul 28; 106(30):12512-7. Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Maidment NT, Balleine BW. PMID: 19597155; PMCID: PMC2718390.
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    40. International Narcotics Research Conference - 39th Annual Meeting. IDrugs. 2008 Sep; 11(9):646-9. Wassum KM, Evans CJ. PMID: 18763214; PMCID: PMC4445826.
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    41. Silicon Wafer-Based Platinum Microelectrode Array Biosensor for Near Real-Time Measurement of Glutamate in Vivo. Sensors (Basel). 2008; 8(8):5023-5036. Wassum KM, Tolosa VM, Wang J, Walker E, Monbouquette HG, Maidment NT. PMID: 19543440; PMCID: PMC2699285.
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    42. Dopamine release is heterogeneous within microenvironments of the rat nucleus accumbens. Eur J Neurosci. 2007 Oct; 26(7):2046-54. Wightman RM, Heien ML, Wassum KM, Sombers LA, Aragona BJ, Khan AS, Ariansen JL, Cheer JF, Phillips PE, Carelli RM. PMID: 17868375.
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    43. Phasic dopamine release evoked by abused substances requires cannabinoid receptor activation. J Neurosci. 2007 Jan 24; 27(4):791-5. Cheer JF, Wassum KM, Sombers LA, Heien ML, Ariansen JL, Aragona BJ, Phillips PE, Wightman RM. PMID: 17251418; PMCID: PMC6672925.
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    44. Cannabinoid modulation of electrically evoked pH and oxygen transients in the nucleus accumbens of awake rats. J Neurochem. 2006 May; 97(4):1145-54. Cheer JF, Wassum KM, Wightman RM. PMID: 16686693.
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    45. Real-time measurement of dopamine fluctuations after cocaine in the brain of behaving rats. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Jul 19; 102(29):10023-8. Heien ML, Khan AS, Ariansen JL, Cheer JF, Phillips PE, Wassum KM, Wightman RM. PMID: 16006505; PMCID: PMC1177422.
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    46. Cannabinoids enhance subsecond dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens of awake rats. J Neurosci. 2004 May 05; 24(18):4393-400. Cheer JF, Wassum KM, Heien ML, Phillips PE, Wightman RM. PMID: 15128853; PMCID: PMC6729440.
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