Our vision is to be the global leader in discovering the fundamental brain mechanisms of learning and memory.

Our mission is to promote the most innovative learning and memory research transforming education, technology and brain health. In order to accomplish this mission, we strive to understand how the brain learns and remembers information using a wide variety of experimental techniques at multiple levels of analysis. These include studies of the molecular cascades underlying experience-dependent changes in neuronal function, the systems in the brain that support different types of learning and memory, and how alterations in brain structure and function affect behavior.

We strive to achieve excellence in cross-disciplinary research, to train generations of exceptional young scientists in our integrative approach, and to effectively communicate our contributions to the local, regional, national and international communities.

An integral part of our mission is to apply the knowledge gained in basic sciences to real world applications such as education and classroom instruction, law, public policy, technological development, and brain health. While opportunities for meaningful translation will vary by lab, research program and stage of development, it is our collective goal to make meaningful contributions to translational science.

Research Objectives

  1. To promote a fully integrated understanding of how the brain learns and remembers information using broad-ranging approaches including genetic, molecular, cellular, systems, and cognitive neuroscience;
  2. To discover ways by which learning and memory can be enhanced or weakened and apply the knowledge to real world applications such as classroom instruction or eliminating pathologically strong memories;
  3. To determine the mechanisms by which aspects of learning and memory are impaired in brain disorders and conditions such as epilepsy, stroke, early life stress, depression, anxiety, Down’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and drug addiction and apply the knowledge gained to developing innovative therapies and interventions;
  4. To apply the knowledge we have gained about how our brains learn and remember to efforts to design the next generation of smart technology, artificial intelligence, and human-machine interfaces via collaborations with computer scientists, engineers, and industry partners.