The goal of our lab is to make discoveries about how neural circuits interact and change with learning to drive behavior

We're driven to understand fundamental principles about how the brain works, by investigating questions like: 

We address these questions in mice, using techniques like: 

Learned behavior

Neural recording

Neural manipulation

Lever pressing

Sensorimotor assocations

Widefield imaging

Neuropixels electrophysiology



We are particularly interested in the cortex-basal ganglia-thalamus circuit. These structures are connected in a loop, and they depend on one another to change during learning and drive behavior. We don't know how this circuit contributes to behavior and learning, and many basic properties of how activity moves across this circuit are still unknown. Using the modern systems neuroscience toolbox, we can investigate these questions in new and more effective ways.