Welcome to The Brain & Breathing Science Laboratory

Our research aims to understand how opioids stop breathing and to find solutions for the serious opioid epidemic.

What We Do

The Brain & Breathing Science Laboratory explores the neural and physiological mechanisms regulating breathing, pain, and arousal. Using a combination of neuroscience, physiological, and genetics tools, we investigate the neural circuits, receptors, and second messengers mediating physiological and behavioural functions.

Our core philosophy is simple! Do whatever is needed to improve health, decrease morbidity and mortality associated with respiratory disorders and drug overdose.

Research Platforms

Our Research Team

We have a constantly evolving team at our lab. Get to know who they are.



Better late than never to congratulate Jean-Philippe for his CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award…Keep the excellent work!

Andreea Furdui receives an Ontario Graduate Scholarship to perform her IMS Master degree on the neural mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression. Congrats!

Congratulations to Shenhab Zaig for her CIHR- SGS-Master scholarship for her work on opioid-induced respiratory depression and analgesia in larval zebrafish… Keep the excellent work…

According to recent research highlighted in Science, opioid biased ligands may not be the solutions to the counteract opioid-induced respiratory depression… https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/redesigning-opioids-may-not-prevent-their-fatal-side-effect