Optogenetics

Optogenetics

Expression of the optogenetic protein ChR2 and a fluorescent protein in the basolateral division of the amygdala. Using these tools I can manipulate the activity of basolateral amygdala neurons in real-time during complex behavioral tasks.

Neuropharmacology

Neuropharmacology

Coronal sections of a rat brain throughout the striatum to identify injection tracts from a neuropharmacological experiment. By implanting chronic cannula, I am able to manipulate neural activity and neuronal signaling in a restricted region for a short period of time. These local infusions allow me to investigate the contributions of individual regions and the function of distinct neurotransmitters in a region to behavioral processes.

Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology

Waveforms of neurons recorded from the basolateral amygdala during a complex behavioral task. Units are recorded across numerous channels and individual units are identified by their unique waveforms.