Systems Neuroscience

Sensation, Action selection, Motor system, Neuromodulation, Feeding, Behavioral evolution, Connectomics, Electrophysiology, Functional imaging, Functional manipulations through optogenetics/thermogenetics/chemogenetics

Affiliated Faculty

Psychological & Brain Science

My research interests lie in understanding the parameters that govern the action of cellular components of the nervous system that produce coordinated behavioral, endocrine, and cognitive processes. The focus of my current research is understanding why some individuals can take drugs but not succumb to addiction while others develop compulsive pathological behaviors that disrupt all aspects of their lives. 

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Basic mechanisms and disorders of neural plasticity; the role of microRNAs in stem cell differentiation.

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Combining theory and experimentation to understand how navigational decisions come about in terms of neural-circuit computation.

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Genetics, Neural Circuits, and Motor sequences.

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Vertebrate developmental biology; growth factors and axis specification in Xenopus.