The flutter of an insect’s wings
a warm breeze
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.
THE NEURONS AND CIRCUITS OF THE SOMATOSENSORY SYSTEM