Over the past few years we have focused on studying the circuits of the basal ganglia in the context of reward seeking behaviors in mice. Previous work has spanned a range of techniques and questions from behavioral measures of disease progression in human patients to the structure glutamate receptors.

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Our lab is located at the Janelia Research Campus
of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

We are part of the Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience research area - A multi-lab team of tool-builders, biologists, and theorists seeking to understand how brains support cognition.

Our lab is a collection of scientists with diverse interests in neuroscience and with a broad range of backgrounds from biophysics to psychology.

Flexible, purposive action

Foraging for desired outcomes in space and time

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Models of learning

Computations and circuit mechanisms of reinforcement learning

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tools + neuroscience

Molecular reagents, hardware, and software for sys neuro

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Our lab spans a wide range of technical approaches from electrophysiology during behavior to two-photon imaging. We are always on the lookout for talented people with skills in physiology, behavior, imaging, or, computation, and a strong desire to combine multiple technical approaches. Inquiries can be sent directly to the lab by contacting us.

For interested students, we have a small number of slots for exceptional graduate students through the Janelia Graduate Program or the Graduate Research Fellowship program. For undergraduates, our lab is a regular participant in the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program.

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our network

The research teams at Janelia are intentionally small and built around active collaboration between groups. Our lab depends upon collaborations with other labs that span a broad range of technical and intellectual expertise.

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