The Bocarsly lab studies the molecules, cells and circuits that underlie food intake, and the contributions to the development of disease states such as compulsive overeating, stress-induced eating, obesity and anorexia. They are further interested in how these same brain pathways are at play in instances of drug abuse, and the underlying neural similarities between drug abuse and compulsive over eating. This research is achieved by combining anatomical mapping approaches with transgenic models and sophisticated, high-precision monitoring of food intake behaviors.