The overall interest of Dr. Shenfeng Qiu's lab is to understand the brain origins of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders. One ongoing project focuses on the role of MET tyrosine kinase, identified as a major risk for autism. Our lab aims to identify mechanisms by which MET affects neuronal growth, maturation and brain circuit function. We are also interested in the UBE3A protein in Angelman syndrome. Together with Ferguson lab, we also explore distinct brain circuits mediating anxiety and depression.