Signal Processing in the Somatosensory System

The goal of our laboratory is to build a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles underlying signal processing in the somatosensory system.

The sense of touch is integral to our everyday lives. We seamlessly integrate information about the tactile world with remarkable speed and precision to generate perceptions and guide our actions. How does the brain accomplish this?

We investigate this question using mouse genetic tools, modern neurophysiological approaches, and computational modeling.


What computations underlie the generation of neural tactile feature representations? How are these computations implemented in the neural machinery?

How do behavioral and internal states influence tactile processing?

How is tactile information processed within the constraints imposed by natural behaviors?

Cover image: Meissner corpuscles, Merkel cells, and sensory neuron axons in a cross-section of mouse glabrous skin.