Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology of Behaviors
Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Science & Biology
Research: My research program aims at understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms governing behaviors in mammals. In particular, I try to understand how the brain resolves the adaptive conflict imposed by engagement in individual/species surviving behaviors despite several threats or negative consequences. In fact, numerous human mental health diseases including anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorders seem to result from a poor neurophysiological resolution of this conflict and we strive to discover the underlying cellular and molecular dysfunctions.
Teaching: I teach cellular and molecular neuroscience using an active class-learning model whereby students are invited to a journey through the critical steps that lead from the initial discovery to the most recent outstanding questions driving current research of a few selected fundamental concepts in cellular neuroscience. In parallel, I use the content of my courses as a vehicle to encourage independent learning, problem-solving and communication skills.
Course topics: Cellular Neuroscience (NSCI 323, Course Director and Instructor), Molecular Neuroscience (NSCI 422/822, Course Director and Instructor).