About the lab
The response to a stimulus or a context varies between individuals and across time and depends on internal state, prior experience and expectations. How are expectations formed, communicated and interpreted in the brain to modulate emotional and motivated behavior? How do expectations change with learning? To answer these question, the Fioravante lab studies long-range neural networks between the cerebellum and emotional and reward centers.
Our toolbox includes transgenic mice, optogenetics, ex vivo and in vivo electrophysiology, advanced imaging, single cell RNA sequencing and animal behavior assays. With these tools at hand, we aim to bridge the knowledge gap between synaptic, cellular and circuit levels of analysis. 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, the Whitehall foundation, and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.
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.