We’re interested in how our brains give meaning to molecules. With a simple sniff and not a moment’s thought, we perform a feat that can take chemists weeks using closet-sized equipment: we encounter molecules from the unfathomably large space of possible molecules, correctly identify them, and determine whether they come from something best avoided, or worth pursuing. How does the brain pull off this trick? We study this using a range of physiological, behavioral, and computational approaches, and we do this as a team -- learning by doing, failing, and persisting together.
5/24/2017 New paper out in PLoS One! Congrats to Bates authors Derrick Barnagian and Torben Noto!
8/10/2016 Dan Paseltiner (Bates class of 2015) joins the lab as our new programmer!
4/1/2016 Seniors Billy, Gregg, Katharine, Abby, and Seth present at the Mount David Summit.
3/28/2016 Jason gets an NSF CAREER award