Research Interests

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.