Behavioral & Systems
The final output of the nervous system is behavior and it is important to understand how individual neurons assemble and interact in complex neuronal systems responsible for controlling specific behaviors. Behaviors require integration between sensory and motor systems which lead to adaptive behaviors. Examples of adaptive behaviors include social interactions, feeding behaviors, learning and cognition and maintenance of overall body homeostasis. Understanding the normal function of neuronal systems is also key to understanding and treating behavioral disorders and neurodegenerative diseases of the nervous system that occur with aging or after environmental insults.
The following faculty have labs that focus on Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience:
Neurological effects of Fragile X Syndrome, regulation and modulation of neuronal excitability of thalamocortical circuits and interactions between basal ganglia and thalamic circuits.
Neurophysiology and neuroplasticity within thalamocortical circuits. Neurophysiological alterations associated with Developmental disorders (fragile X syndrome, Autism), Epilepsy, and Parkinson's Disesase
Assistant Professor, Physiology
Neurobiology of Chronic Pain
Developmental exposure to drugs of abuse, development of the dopamine system, etiology and experimental therapeutics of Parkinson's disease
Neuromodulation, Neuroimaging of cortical function, Post-injury plasticity, Somatosensory system, Traumatic brain injury, Peripheral nerve injury, molecular probes, Optical imaging, Development of molecular-based neuromodulation technologies