Map the Locomotion Circuits

Defining neuronal substrates for locomotor circuits

Molecular Mechanisms

Identifying molecular mechanisms underlying locomotion circuit development and evolution


Identifying neuro-electrophysiological features in the locomotion circuit of behaviors

Animal Behaviors

Understanding the role of each circuit component in the regulation of animal behaviors

Major Research Interests

How Do Locomotor Neuronal Circuits Shape Animal Behaviors?

During locomotion, motor neurons are activated in a rhythmic and patterned manner. The motor neuron activites are under the control of locomotor circuits in the spinal cord, where motor neurons receive diverse inputs including sensory inputs, local interneuron inputs, desending inputs from the brain.

What We Aim For:

In the end, we aim to apply the lessons from these studies to developing ways to help people affected by motor function defects such as spinal cord injuries and ALS.
For achieving these scientific goals, we are applying Cutting edge molecular, genetic, developmental, and neurogenetic tools to Diverse model organisms including mouse, chicken, and skate.
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Model Organism

Our Experimental Animals