Areas of Research
We create new treatments for psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
These illnesses are the largest source of disability and suffering, and current treatments (medication and talk therapy) do not work well enough. We design medical devices and systems that enable precisely targeted changes in the electrical activity of specific brain circuits. By restoring normal brain circuit function, we hope to reverse the symptoms of mental illnesses with far fewer side effects than existing treatments. Our work spans animals models (mostly rodents), healthy human volunteers, and patients living with mental illness. Part of the lab conducts clinical trials of these new therapies, bringing our ideas off the benchtop and into the clinic.