I am interested in deciphering neural pathways that control hunger and salt intake. We use recombinant viral vectors and channelrhodopsin-assisted circuit mapping to define and manipulate pathways that control these behaviors. We also use single nucleus RNA sequencing to identify marker genes of neurons in these pathways to later investigate differential genes expression under varying conditions. I am also interested in electrophysiological properties of neurons that mediate these behaviors. Combining brain slice electrophysiology and molecular biology methods I aim to better understand the underlying brain circuits that mediate these behaviors.