My research is focused on understanding the neural circuit mechanisms underlying complex visual behaviors with a focus on differential information carried in feed-forward and feedback connections in the cortex. I use fluorescence imaging, optogenetics, neurophysiology, and behavioral assays in both mice and tree shrews to understand the mammalian visual system development, structure, and function. My work will ultimately lead to understanding of the biological mechanisms that allow mammalian sensory systems to parse the environemnt into meaningful and salient parts that can be used to guide behavior.