THE NEURONS AND CIRCUITS OF THE SOMATOSENSORY SYSTEM
Our tactile world is rich, if not infinite. The flutter of an insect’s wings, a warm breeze, raindrops, and a mother’s gentle caress all impose mechanical forces upon our skin, and yet we encounter no difficulty in telling them apart and react differently to each. How do we recognize and interpret the myriad of tactile stimuli to perceive the richness of the physical world? Our lab utilizes the power of mouse molecular genetics to understand our sense of touch, from pain to pleasure and everything in between.