We are studying the neural circuits of animal behaviors, with a focus on understanding how the neural circuits regulate feeding and emotional behaviors like fear, anxiety, and depression.
Neuronal control of complex behavior; multimodal information processing and brain plasticity
Computational neuroscience and bio-inspired engineering
Functional organization and physiology of the insect olfactory system.
Behavior and chemical ecology.
Postembryonic, metamorphic development of the olfactory system.
Development and hormonal regulation of neurons and neural circuits
Levine Lab Group
Neurogenetic mechanisms underlying birdsong as a model for understanding speech function and dysfunction.
Neuromodulation in the Olfactory System.
Neuron-glia interactions in the development of the nervous system.
Areas of research pursued in my laboratory focus on the functional organization of the arthropod visual system and the evolution of brains; the latter focusing on the identification of evolutionarily conserved ground patterns of neuronal organization of centers mediating visual perception,...