Understanding neural basis of itch in the spinal cord.
Human sensory neuroscience; specifically cortical excitation in sensory cortices to sensory stimuli that can be exacerbated by neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Discovering biological markers related to risk for mood disorders using neuroimaging techniques.
Neural mechanism of rewarding and computation.
Using transneuronal retrograde transport of rabies virus to reveal the neural substrate for the control of respiration and vocalization.
Agent-based and neural modeling of oflactory navigation.
Neurobiological and genetic predictors of alcohol dependence are studied in a longitudinal high risk offspring design across childhood, adolescence and young adulthood using multimodal imaging and genetic variation within families who are at ultra high risk for AD contrasting them with offspring from control families.
My research seeks to (a) identify the specific connections of defined cell types in motor cortex, (b) explain how these specific connections drive neuronal firing, and (c) characterize the connections that change strength during learning.