Our goal is to understand how the brain controls motivated behaviors, and how maladaptive
changes in brain circuits relate to neuropsychiatric diseases such as addiction and depression


Circuit Mapping

OptoGenetics & Imaging



Recent News

Congrats to Han for his “Honorable Mention” Poster Award at the GRC Optogenetics!

Congratulations to Hannah for winning a SURF L&S 2018 fellowship!

Upcoming Events

Stephan will be presenting at the ACNP meeting in Palm Springs (Dec. 3-7, 2017). Don’t miss his poster “Nucleus Accumbens Subnuclei Regulate Motivated Behavior via Direct Inhibition and Disinhibition of VTA Dopamine Subpopulations” on Dec. 5 5:30-7:30pm (Board# T267).

Hongbin and Han will be presenting at SfN in Washington on Monday Nov. 13, 2017 (PM session). Board# WW34 and WW40! Also, do not miss Christine’s 2017 Art of Neuroscience Exhibition!

Stephan will be presenting in the “Synaptic Integration Seminar Series” at NIH in Bethesda on Tuesday Oct. 21, 2017 (11AM-12PM). The title of his talk is “Neural Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Motivated Behaviors”.