Welcome! We are a neuroscience lab in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. Our lab has broad interests in neuroscience, including the causes and consequences of sleep and the molecular basis of memory. We use methods in biochemistry, proteomics, cell biology, and animal behavior to understand brain function and how disruptions in brain function contribute to cognitive disorders. Specific research questions pursued by the lab include:
- How does the brain store long-term memories while at the same time remaining plastic enough to create new memories?
- How do sleep disorders affect brain function and how is sleep implicated in autism spectrum disorders?
- What is the specific purpose of sleep in maintaining memory retention capabilities?