Sharif Taha, Ph.D.
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Sharif Taha received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1993, graduating with honors from Stanford University. He pursued graduate studies at the University of California, San Francisco, where he investigated molecular mechanisms contributing to plasticity in the visual cortex in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Stryker. In his postdoctoral work, he joined the lab of Dr. Howard Fields at the Gallo Research Center, where he focused on his long-term interest of understanding neural processing underlying behavior, in the specific context of understanding encoding contributing to addictive behaviors. His postdoctoral worked explored opioid contributions to neural encoding in reward circuits, focusing on the nucleus accumbens and downstream circuits. In 2008, he joined the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Taha’s lab continues to research the role of opioid signaling in regulating food intake, as well as interactions between alcohol and neural circuits underlying decision-making.