We are deeply curious about how brain oscillations, interactions between neurons (especially GABAergic interneurons), and neuromodulators (like dopamine, serotonin and acetylcholine) enable groups of neurons to process and transmit information. We study how these processes enable the brain to perform complex cognitive tasks (such as learning new rules) and represent emotional states (such as anxiety). We explore how these processes go awry in conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, depression, and chronic pain.

By putting all of this information together, we will disover new ways to treat psychiatric conditions by restoring normal brain function.

We carry out these studies using diverse approaches including: optogenetics, calcium imaging, voltage imaging, electrophysiology and computational modeling.