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Assistant Professor

Research Description

The ultimate goal of our research is to understand how adaptive changes in brain function occur and how this can process goes awry in the development of psychiatric disorders. We employ cutting-edge technologies to understand the complex interactions of multiple neural systems that allow us to adapt to our environment and regulate motivated behavior. These techniques include optogenetics, calcium imaging (fiber photometry), electrophysiology and automated behavioral analysis. Currently, we are focused on parsing the neural circuits underlying eating in the absence of hunger or hedonic feeding.