Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • David Huntington Dean's Faculty Scholars, Stanford University (2015)
  • Scholar Award, Ajinomoto Innovation Alliance Program (2014)
  • Terman Scholar, Stanford University (2014)
  • Scholar Award, Whitehall Foundation (2013)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Our goal is to understand how brain circuits mediate motivated behaviors, and how maladaptive changes in these circuits cause mood disorders. To achieve this goal, we focus on studying the neural circuits for pain and addiction, as both trigger highly motivated behaviors, whereas, transitioning from acute to chronic pain or from recreational to compulsive drug use involves maladaptive changes of the underlying neuronal circuitry.

2016-17 Courses


Stanford Advisees


Graduate and Fellowship Programs