Our research centers on the understanding the mechanism of action of volatile anesthetics. Discoveries using the nematode C. elegans have shown us that common processes underlie the phenomenon of anesthesia across species. We have also found in our animal model that mitochondrial function can determine behavior in anesthetics. In studying mitochondria we have become involved in understanding the role of the mitochondrion in aging and in certain disease states. We are using our work in C. elegans as a base in which to explore how mitochondrial function controls behavior in anesthetics in more complicated organisms.