Welcome to our lab!
Our work is centered on discovering the molecular, neuronal, and evolutionary underpinnings of behavior. We use the powerful nematode system, C. elegans, to understand why organisms that are distantly related use similar behavioral strategies. I use an integrative approach combining forward genetics, optogenetics, calcium imaging, and in-depth behavioral analysis.
Projects in our lab range from understanding how animals sense and use the magnetic field or the Earth's during locomotion, to the mechanisms of muscle degeneration and repair in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Understanding the principles governing the production of successful behavior will generate insights that will be valuable in a wide variety of ways: from restoring motor function following injury or disease, to designing intelligent machines that can respond to unexpected environmental challenges.
- Behavioral Genetics
- Neural and genetics bases of natural behavior using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
- Animal detection and orientation to the magnetic field of the earth
- Interaction between the earth's magnetic field and animal development and health
- Multimodal integration
- Animal locomotion (particularly nematode burrowing behavior)
- Identification of genetic targets for the prevention of muscle decay in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Identification of the molecular etiology of Angelman syndrome
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
339 Science Laboratory Building
Campus Box 4120
Normal, Illinois 61790-4120
Office: (309) 438-5220
Lab: (309) 438-2643