#1: ERC-StG (2022-2027): Neuropeptidergic modulation of synaptic circuits in fear and anxiety
In this project, we explores the role of neuropeptides in the regulation of fear, fear memory and anxiety. We investigate which neuropeptides are released in the brain in response to threats, aversive and anxiogenic stimuli and how these neuropeptides modulate the activity and molecular machinery of neurons in relevant neuronal networks. Detailed neuronal mechanisms will be tested for their function in the expression of fearful and anxiogenic behavior.
#2: WWTF VRG (2022-2027): Neuronal and neuropeptidergic mechanisms for flexible control of learning and memory
This project explores how selected neuropeptides modulate learning and memory. We are aiming to understand how neuropeptides modulate neuronal networks that are involved in the formation and retrieval of positive and negative association memories. Relevant behavioral tests are employed in combination with genetic and optical tools to reveal the underlying molecular pathways and visualize network computations that contribute to the processing of relevant sensory and affective information. The project is generously funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF). More information on the funding source can be found here: www.wwtf.at