(This video was produced following strict social distancing and public health guidance)
Meet Arun Asok, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and principal investigator of the Asok Laboratory.
Asok’s work focuses on how neural circuits, genes, and molecules influence our response to fear and how those responses impact future reactions to threats, which could have implications for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“My research tries to uncover what is unique in those initial moments of experiencing a threat,” Asok says. “The goal is to help individuals with anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorders overcome them.”
Learn how Asok found his calling as a postdoc at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute under the mentorship of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel.
He credits his training at Columbia and his experience with its New York community in helping him prepare for the next leg of his career, where his new lab and research team will work on identifying how mental health disorders related to trauma emerge.