Akin Odeleye, B.S. Neuroscience and Chemistry, University of Western Australia
Our research focuses on understanding how the mammalian central nervous system integrates and processes environmental and peripheral signals for proper behavioral responses. Feeding, sleeping or sex require opportune times that combine information gathered by multiple brain regions and are differentially gated. Using pharmacosynthetic tools that allow precise control of neural activity in combination with in vivo electrophysiology and behavioral assays, we are discovering circuits that regulate homeostatic behaviors. Currently, we are focusing our efforts on understanding the role of genetically-defined populations of neurons within hypothalamus, midbrain, and prefrontal cortex during behaviors associated with feeding or circadian biology in mice.