The first synapse

A chain of synapses converts food to thought.  We are unveiling the first one, at the gut surface, where the gut first meets the brain.

The Autistic Gut

Gut disturbances are 4 times more likely in children with autism. We are probing how autism may alter visceral sensing.

Gut feelings in action

Intravital microscopy has enabled to visualize neural circuits in action. We are applying it to visceral sensing.


Several modern health issues are linked to the gut-brain axis. At Duke, we formed a research group to brainstorm on these issues.