Circuit Mechanism of Emotion
We develop and apply cutting-edge methods, by combining optical imaging, neuromodulation, genetic labeling and circuit tracings to functional dissect the neural mechanisms of emotion and associated psychiatric diseases. The laboratory has internationally leading and comprehensive optical imaging instruments (two-photon microscope, gradient refraction lens, fiber photometric measurement) and technical means. We are using these new methods to attack several related neurobiological questions: 1. Stress neurobiology; 2. Circuit mechanisms of neuropsychopharmacology; 3. New strategies for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Our research will contribute to the treatment of important mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.