Andre B. Toussaint is a postdoctoral research scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor in the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University.
Prior to arriving at Columbia, Andre earned his Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience at Temple University under the mentorship of Dr. Mathieu Wimmer. For Andre’s doctoral work, he studied the long-term consequences of addiction on behavior and physiology across multiple generations. He used a multigenerational rat model of paternal morphine exposure to characterize addiction and pain-related phenotypes in male and female first-generation progeny. His doctoral work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 training grant, a diversity supplement and several competitive travel awards (five total). Andre’s initial research training in addiction neuroscience started while he was earning his bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and biopsychology, respectively, at the City University of New York at Hunter College.
Andre’s current postdoctoral research interests will integrate topics on mouse genetics, pain sensitivity and addiction vulnerability.