Dr. Maiya is a Research Scientist at the Department of Neuroscience and the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research at the University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and subsequent postdoctoral training from The Rockefeller University and the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Maiya’s research interests are in understanding molecular mechanisms that underlie motivated behaviors. Specifically, she is interested in how experience-dependent changes in gene expression are mobilized into neuroadaptive changes that underlie maladaptive behaviors. Her work has leveraged a combination of genetic, molecular, pharmacological, and whole-genome strategies in animal models of drug addiction. Her current research is focused on the role of the transcriptional co-regulator Lim-only 4 (LMO4) in reward seeking and consumption.