I joined the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2017 from the University of Texas Health San Antonio, where I served as an associate professor in the department of pharmacology. During my 17 year tenure at UT Health San Antonio, I secured nearly $10 million in federal research funding and published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. My research focuses on behavioral approaches to identify and understand the mechanisms underlying drug abuse and dependence. As director of the UT Health San Antonio Cannabinoid and Nicotine Neurobiology Laboratory, I led a team of researchers and trainees that sought to understand how drugs such as nicotine, cocaine and cannabinoids work in the central nervous system. My lab's research sets the stage for developing novel medicines with little or no potential for abuse.