We study a critical nexus in the mammalian brain where sensory information and motor planning come together to subserve volition - the basal ganglia. Browse an overview of our projects.
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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.
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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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.