Sensory experience is a necessary component
of normal development that ultimately gives rise to the structure
of the adult nervous system. My laboratory studies the developing
chick in order to gain understanding of the integration of sensory-motor
systems. Our research is guided by two basic questions.
1) How does sensory information modulate motor behavior during development?
2) What role does sensory information play in forming proper neural
circuitry at the core of motor behavior? We utilize various
anatomical, electrophysiological, pharmacological and behavioral approaches
to address these questions.
Additionally, we are interested in facilitating
the development of technologies to interface with the nervous system
for both research and future therapeutic devices. Currently,
my laboratory collaborates with several engineering and biology laboratories
in order to improve the biocompatibility of chronic neuronal electrode