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.

We are a collection of scientists with diverse interests in neuroscience and with a broad range of backgrounds from biophysics to psychology.

Our lab has a set of shared values that articulate our commitment to disseminate our work openly, embrace diversity in our team, and use outreach to engage future scientists.

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

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Work with us

Our lab spans a wide range of approaches from electrophysiology during behavior to two-photon imaging. We are always on the lookout to work with talented, interested people with diverse skills and backgrounds either as members of the lab or as visiting scientists through the Janelia Visiting Scientists program.

We also keenly interested to help expose students to neuroscience research and help launch research careers through our participation in the Janelia Graduate Program or the Graduate Research Fellowship program. For undergraduates, our lab is a regular participant in the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program.

All inquiries can be sent directly to the lab using the form below.