About Leonardo

Leonardo graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior. Upon graduating, he became a research technician before starting in the Neuroscience Graduate Group at Penn in 2011. In 2012, he joined the Pierce Lab for his thesis work. He was born and raised in South Philadelphia and is a big fan of Philadelphia sports. Outside of lab, Leonardo enjoys playing and watching sports and loves to watch movies.

Some of Leonardo’s Publications

Deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens shell attenuates cue-induced reinstatement of both cocaine and sucrose seeking in rats
Guercio LA, Schmidt HD, Pierce RC. Behavioural Brain Research, January 2015. 281:125-30.

Deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens shell attenuates cocaine reinstatement through local and antidromic activation
Vassoler FM, Samantha SL, Hopkins TJ, Guercio LA, Espallergues J, Berton O, Schmidt HD, Pierce RC. Journal of Neuroscience, September 2013. 33:14446-14454.

Stimulation of mGluR5 in the accumbens shell promotes cocaine seeking by activating PKC gamma
Schmidt HD, Schassburger RL, Guercio LA, Pierce RC. Journal of Neuroscience, August 2013. 33:14160-14169.