Improving techniques for measuring functional brain organization (specifically, resting-state functional connectivity MRI)
Development of PET methodologies to investigate neurochemical changes in the brain and studying novel radioligands to characterize neurotransmitter-protein interactions and how they are influenced by development, genes, environment and aging.
Dr. Cirelli’s research is aimed at investigating the fundamental mechanisms of sleep regulation by using a combination of molecular and genetic approaches.
The overarching goal of our research is to understand the neurocircuitry that confers risk for psychopathology following traumatic event exposure.
Infant and early childhood mental health and early parent-child relationships
Neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices.
Dr. Herringa's BRAVE Lab examines developmental brain mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability in youth following traumatic events
The Kalin Lab combines molecular, preclinical animal models, and human functional imaging studies to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying anxiety and mood disorders.
The Koenigs lab seeks to characterize the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying emotion, decision-making, and social behavior through the study of multiple clinical populations with deficits in these domains, including neurological patients with prefrontal brain damage, prison inmates with psychopathic personality disorder, and psychiatric outpatients with mood and anxiety disorders
Dr. Lainhart’s research focuses on understanding brain growth, development, and maturation in individuals with autism from childhood into mid-adulthood.
Neurochemical, structural and circuit-based investigations into excessive fear generalization and consequent depersonalization in psychiatric disease
Plante Lab focuses on applied research at the intersections of sleep medicine and psychiatry, with emphasis on disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness and/or sleep duration
My program of research is focused on investigating the biology of the bi-directional mind-brain-immune pathways through which emotion and inflammation are mutually influential using a wide range of tools for this purpose, including functional and structural neuroimaging (MRI and PET).
Investigates both risk factors and behavioral treatments for unhealthy eating and activity patterns
The impact of maternal mental illness, substance abuse, and stress during perinatal period on obstetrical, neonatal, and developmental outcomes.
Dr. Tononi's work involved the development of a comprehensive hypothesis about the function of sleep: the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis (SHY)