Our laboratory is interested in the synapses- and neural networks involved in the processes of reward and aversion. Our goal is to identify maladaptative behavioral phenotypes of these processes and their underlying cellular mechanisms that eventually lead to psychiatric diseases such as addiction and depression.
Our laboratory combines in-vitro and in-vivo electrophysiology techniques in mice with viral-based genetic modifications to map the neural circuits. We translate the anatomical and functional findings to the animal’s behavior, modeling motivation in both physiological and pathological conditions.