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  • I am fascinated by the molecular and cellular processes that drive behavior. As such, I am tremendously interested in understanding how physiological regulators of neuronal circuit activity modulate sensory information processing and behavior. Neuropeptides are secreted signaling molecules that regulate a variety of nervous system functions to influence whole organism behavior.

  • Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation in the United States and the main reason for visiting the emergency department in more than 50% of cases.

  • Circadian rhythms drive daily oscillations of gene expression in tissues throughout the body.

  • Neuropeptidergic signaling plays an important role in modulating arousal in vertebrates and invertebrates with the majority of these pathways conserved throughout evolution.

  • An animal's fitness is contingent on its ability to make behavioral choices in light of sensory inputs; such decisions are more difficult when the animal must choose between conflicting stimuli.

  • Pro-apoptotic signaling via the transcription factor E2F1 in mammalian neurons can be induced by mitochondrially derived oxidative stress in an AMPK dependent manner.

  • A human brain in a deep sleep phase displays highly synchronous activity in some neurons while other neurons become silent.

  • Xin Jin