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The lab is interested in understanding how actions are learned, organized, selected, and executed.

To achieve this goal, a vast array of cutting-edge techniques including in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and genetic tools are employed to dissect the underlying molecular and circuit mechanisms in freely behaving mice. More specifically we ask: 1) How actions are organized within a behavioral content, and how this organization is formed and modified during the interaction with the environment; 2) Which neural circuits are responsible for these processes and how; 3) What's the molecular mechanism involved in shaping these neural circuits for computation and adaptively behaving. Ultimately, we hope to characterize the fundamental principles of how the brain generates actions from multiple levels of analysis - where cures may begin for a wide range of action-related neurological and psychiatric diseases.



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