About the lab
The Fioravante lab studies the synaptic and cellular neurophysiology of small neural networks in the context of learning and memory. We are particularly interested in understanding the activity-dependent principles that govern the formation of anatomical and functional microcircuits as well as identifying novel neural networks that regulate affective learning and motivated behavior. Our toolbox includes transgenic mice, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, calcium imaging, molecular biology and animal behavior assays. Our work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain Research Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), the Hellman Fellows Fund, and the Whitehall foundation.
Being a part of and physically located at the Center for Neuroscience, we benefit from collaborations and interactions with more than 25 other neuroscience research groups in areas ranging from cellular and molecular neurobiology through systems , developmental neuroscience, and learning and memory. We also have access to cutting-edge imaging facilities, the state-of-the-art UC Davis Genome Center and top-notch rodent behavior cores.