Timing in brain evolution and development

This project studies how differences in the timing of gene expression, cell specification and axonal targeting can instruct structural differences in the mammalian neocortex

Early wiring of cortical circuits

How do newborn neurons know where to go and connect to? This project examines axonal guidance in the cortex of mice and marsupials to elucidate the clues that guide circuit formation

Roles of early neural activity in circuit formation

How does the electrical milieu affect formation of brain circuits? Here we examine the roles of early neural activity in the molecular and cellular differentiation of brain circuits in vivo.

Comparative neuroanatomy

Closely related species have more similar brains than distant ones. By comparing the structure of neural circuits we can gain new insights about the organisation of the brain across species, including our own.