We study the neural mechanisms underlying sensory selection: the ability to respond to or ignore the diverse stimuli in our environment according to our current goals. Through this research we hope to better understand how our brains enable us to have flexible and meaningful interactions with our surroundings, and how dysfunctions of these processes lead to neuropsychiatric diseases such as ADHD, addiction, and autism spectrum disorder. We investigate this topic at multiple levels of organization, from neurons to neural circuits to behavior.
A second focus of the lab is developing novel technologies for focal drug delivery. Through this collaborative research program, we hope to improve treatment outcomes by reducing off-target drug side effects.
Neurons in the brain. Credit: National Institutes of Health