• Neurobiology of learning and memory
• Neural circuits of fear, stress and anxiety
• Contextual dependence of fear memories
My primary research interest is how emotional memories are encoded in the brain. This is important because when they turn maladaptive, they can cause a whole host of problems like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder. Our lab employs behavioral, pharmacological, electrophysiological and chemogenetic approaches to evaluate the mechanism/ neural circuits of these emotional memories. Presently, my interest in lab is to estimate the contribution of Nucleus Reuniens (RE), a midline thalamic nuclei, in the fear memories.