What is the relationship between neuronal activity and behavior? What are the neuronal circuit mechanisms that underlie metabolic disorders? We are interested in neural circuits that regulate feeding behavior and metabolism with a special emphasis of disease models of obesity and eating disorders. Using a variety of cutting edge circuit dissection approaches including optogenetic and chemogenetic tools, electrophysiology, imaging as well as behavioural analysis, we map and manipulate neuronal networks to understand synaptic and circuit mechanisms of feeding and metabolic disorders.
Asst. Prof. Deniz Atasoy