Summary: My developmental behavioral neuroscience lab studies the development of motor behavior, and the role that neural systems and experience play in shaping coordinated behavior. Of particular interest is the development of locomotion, posture, reflexes, the spinal cord, and epigenetic changes in the central nervous system. Ongoing studies are studying these issues in rats.
Projects: INBRE fellows may be involved in collecting and analyzing data for behavioral neuroscience research experiments with developing rats. Types of projects include investigating locomotor and motor reflex behavior in the newborn rat, and studying maternal-infant interactions in rats. Techniques used may include different types of drug administration, spinal cord surgeries, microscopy, different methods for manipulating sensory feedback and testing motor behavior, behavior recording, and behavior scoring.