Biophysical and Structural Biology
Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions
Neuroscience (Area Director)
Molecular and Cellular Basis for Neural Communication
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Our research goal is to understand how synapses develop into functional circuits. Synaptic connections undergo constant fine-tuning to support information delivery and storage in the brain. Regulation of these connections can occur through altering the strength of existing synapses or through synapse assembly and disassembly. We utilize a combination of genetic, biochemical, imaging, and electrophysiological techniques to ask biological questions at the levels of individual synapses and functional circuits.