My name is Dionisio Amodeo and I am a 5th year graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience division. At UIC I have conducted several studies focused on understanding the neural mechanisms governing the ability to learn and behaviorally adapt to changing environmental conditions. More recently I have focused my attention on investigations into the neural circuitry underlying behavioral inflexibility present in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By employing the BTBR mouse model of ASD I can evaluate novel treatments on their ability to ameliorate behavioral inflexibility in this disease. I choose the doctoral program here at UIC over other institutions due to the several factors including the chance to work with my advisor Dr. Michael Ragozzino. In has lab I have had the opportunity to learn a variety of behavioral techniques while refining my methodological skills. Similarly, because of our proximity to other academic institutions, Chicago has a great research community allowing us to connect and interact with other investigators in the field. In sum, I have had a great experience at both UIC and Chicago as a whole.