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Natalie Nawarawong

Natalie Nawarawong_Academic Profile

Natalie Nawarawong

Graduate Student


  • Pharmacology and Toxicology

Contact Information


Mentor: Christopher Olsen, PhD
Year Entered MCW: 2013
Previous Education: BA, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Research Interests

The focus of my research is to visualize the neuronal ensembles engaged in addiction, specifically I am interested in how these neurons are reactivated over time and how other rewards or risk factors can alter that reactivation. My research will focus on expanding our understanding of the neural populations and pathways that underlie both drug and non-drug rewards.


Nawarawong, NN, Slaker, M, Muelbl, M, Shah, AS, Chiariello, R, Nelson, LD, Budde, MD, Stemper, BD, Olsen, CM (2018). Repeated blast model of mild traumatic brain injury alters oxycodone self-administration and drug seeking. European Journal of Neuroscience

Muelbl, MJ, Slaker, ML, Shah, AS, Nawarawong, NN, Gerndt, CH, Budde, MD, Stemper, BD, Olsen CM (2018). Effects of Mild Blast Traumatic Brain Injury on Cognitive- and Addiction-Related Behaviors. Scientific Reports 8(1): 9941

Muelbl MJ, Nawarawong, NN, Clancy PT, Nettesheim CE, Lim, YW, Olsen, CM (2016). Responses to drugs of abuse and non-drug rewards in leptin deficient ob/ob mice. Psychopharmacology 233(14): 2799-811

Padmanabhan, A, Sweeney, J., O’Hearn, K, Garver, K, Nawarawong, N, Liu, R, Minshew, N, Luna, B (2015); Developmental changes in brain function underlying inhibitory control in autism spectrum disorders, Autism Research 8(2): 123-35

Asato, M., Nawarawong, N., Hermann, B., Crumrine, P., Luna, B. (2010). Deficits in oculomotor performance in pediatric epilepsy. Epilepsia 52: 377-85