Associate Professor, Physiology
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Department of Physiology
My lab is interested in understanding the organization and the functioning of spinal cord, and the neural networks that drive and modulate the sympathetic (autonomic) part of the nervous system. These neural circuits in the spinal cord control sensory input and motor output, as well as a wide range of involuntary functions in the body, such as blood pressure control and heart rate, and they are involved in a number of neurological disorders, such as Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.
We focus our work on the dynamic actions of the neurotransmitter Dopamine in the cord, to understand its actions in the context of the functional and interactive plasticity, during development and growth, as well as during aging.