My central research aim is to understand how animals learn to generate and control motor behavior in health and disease. In my lab, we study mechanisms of circuit assembly, function and plasticity that lead to motor learning and recovery after neurotrauma.
We use a wide variety of methods, including detailed motor kinematic assessments, mouse genetics, viral tracing and manipulation, electrophysiological and imaging techniques. This approach allows us to manipulate functions of specific neuronal populations, which in turn helps us to understand their role in sensorimotor circuit output and plasticity.
Honors & awards
2019 Japanese Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award
|since 2016||NERF Principal Investigator|
|since 2016||Assistant professor at the Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven|
|2010–2016||Postdoc fellow, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland|
|2010||PhD, University of California Los Angeles, US|
|2003||BS Neuroscience with High Honors, Oberlin College, Ohio, US|