Our laboratory has three main objectives, each related to a different area of neuroscience research:
Spinal cord injury: To understand the mechanisms by which spinal cord injury affect urogenital and sexual function
Drug addiction: To understand the neurobiology of addiction and risk factors for vulnerability to develop addiction
Neuroendocrine function: To understand the neural circuits that mediate female reproductive function and dysfunction
Our research utilizes a multidisciplinary approach by combining a diversity of techniques, including behavioral analysis, physiological recordings, pharmacological and genetic manipulations, cellular imaging, neuroanatomical techniques, confocal and light microscopic analyses, tissue clearing and optical imaging approaches, and molecular techniques.