Our Research

The Ivy lab investigates underlying mechanisms of early-life exercise influencing the structure and function of the developing brain. With a focus on learning and memory, we use mouse models to uncover dynamic alterations in gene expression, chromatin modifications, and synaptic activity resulting from early-life exercise that can ultimately inform neuronal function and behavior.


Our Mission

We conduct rigorous, basic and translational neuroscience research focused on early-life exercise and brain development. We aim to contribute a mechanistic understanding of how early-life exercise employs genetic and epigenetic mechanisms to shape brain development and cognitive function throughout the lifespan.