Molecular Neurobiology Group

We study how neurons and glia come together to create networks that underly our physiology and behavior to better understand pathophysiologies, behavioral disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Current Research Projects

How do embryonic events pattern adult neural circuits?

How do genetically defined rhombomeric domains pattern brainstem autonomic circuitry regulating cardio-respiratory function and metabolism?

How are brainstem circuits disrupted in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

We design and build our own equipment for respiratory measurements in neonate mice to examine respiratory circuit maturation, the auto-resuscitation reflex, and prenatal opiate exposure.

What circuits in the brainstem are vulnerable during seizures leading to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)?

By using excitatory pharmacogenetic and optogenetic tools in the brainstem, we can map vulnerable brainstem circuits, that when excited, lead to cardio-respiratory arrest.

Recent Publications

Autonomic Development

Mouse Neonatal Pneumotach Design

A Cautionary Tale on Cre Drivers