Synapse Function and Plasticity

Don Arnold

  • Cellular Neurobiology
  • Membranes & Transport

Karen T Chang

  • Drosophila models for Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mechanisms regulating synaptic vesicle endocytosis
  • Mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity
  • Mechanisms of mitochondrial trafficking
  • Mitochondrial dynamics in neurological disorders

Jeannie Chen

  • Signal transduction
  • Photoreceptor function
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Retinal circuitry

Dion Kai Dickman

  • Synapse development, function, and plasticity in Drosophila

Bruce E. Herring

  • Synaptic function
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Neuropsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Mark S. Humayun

  • Electrical stimulation of the retina
  • Retinal prosthesis
  • Retinal disease
  • Instrumentation for vitreoretinal surgery

Michael W. Jakowec

  • Animal models of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Molecular mechanisms of exercise-induced neuroplasticity in the basal ganglia.
  • Interactions between dopamine and glutamate within the basal ganglia and their role in contol of motor behavior.
  • Development of new therapeutic modalities for Parkinson’s disease.

Radha Kalluri

  • cochlear mechanics, acoustics, nonlinear wave phenomena
  • otoacoustic emissions and noninvasive testing of cochlear function
  • sensory transduction in the auditory and vestibular periphery
  • biophysics of sensory neurons

Chien-Ping Ko

  • Synaptic structure, function, formation, repair, and maintenance.
  • Synapse-glia interactions at the neuromuscular junction.
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Pat Levitt

  • Development of Neuronal Diversity, Neural Circuitry and Synapses in Neocortical and Brainstem Autonomic Networks
  • Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms of Social-Emotional Behavior
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • Clinical studies of children with ASD and medical co-morbidities
  • Impact of early adverse experience on brain development and behavior
  • Translating neuroscience of early brain and child development for public policy changes

Bartlett W. Mel

  • Using computer models to study brain function at single cell and systems levels.
  • Role of active dendritic processing in the sensory and memory-related functions of pyramidal neurons.
  • Neuromorphic models of visual cortex; neurally-inspired approaches to image processing problems.

Aaron Nagiel

  • Synaptogenesis
  • Neural circuit formation
  • Retinal development
  • 3-dimensional retinal organoids
  • Inherited retinal diseases

Huizhong W. Tao

  • Cellular neurobiology
  • Developmental neurobiology
  • Sensory neurobiology
  • Central visual processing

Li I Zhang

  • Synaptic circuitry mechanisms for sensory information processing
  • Technical innovations for tracing brain circuits
  • Neural circuits for innate behavior
  • Synaptic and cellular basis for development and plasticity of neural circuitry
  • Neural circuitry basis for sensory processing disorders