Welcome to the Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory!

The overarching research goal of the laboratory is to understand the influence of maternal nutrition and metabolic state during gestation on the offspring. The primary focus is examining the influence of the metabolic and dietary environment on behavioral regulation with an emphasis on behaviors related to mental health and behavioral disorders, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). One specific focus is the impact of exposure to maternal obesity and high-fat diet consumption during the perinatal period on the behavior, and physiology of the developing offspring.