Research interests

My research interests lie in the neuroscience of emotions, specifically the neural mechanisms underlying negative valence in the nervous system. I am dedicated to deciphering the intricacies of emotions such as pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. To do so, I use behavior pharmacology in combination with a variety of cutting-edge techniques, including single-cell RNA sequencing, in vivo chemogenetic and optogenetic tools, neuroanatomical tracing, and imaging methods.

My overarching goal is to identify new ways, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, to balance the emotions and ameliorate the condition of patients who are suffering. I believe that negative emotions share overlapping circuits in the brain, and are thus interconnected. By identifying the neurons and circuits involved in negative valence, as well as those underlying positive valence, my research could pave the way for future manipulations that improve the overall emotional well-being of many individuals.

I am passionate about utilizing my expertise to make a difference in people's lives. Through my research, I hope to uncover novel targets for the development of effective therapies for those struggling with emotional disorders.


Previous research projects (in the Valmier/Rivat lab, Universite de Montpellier):

Active research projects (in the Scherrer lab, UNC Chapel Hill): 

Pain

Depression

Substance use