Active Research Projects
Building neurons and circuits
Dendrites and axons show extraordinarily diverse forms, with important implications for nervous system wiring and neuronal function. Our lab is interested in how neurons acquire their morphology and how this organization underlies circuit function. To approach this problem, we use molecular, genetic, anatomical, and behavioral approaches to identify the mechanisms that sculpt somatosensory circuits during development.
Development of somatosensory circuitry
How are dendritic territories and axon targets established? How do cell-cell interactions determine these morphologies?
Sam Galindo's study of axon-axon interactions in somatosensory wiring published in Development!
Sam's work on heterotypic axon interactions published today, along with an iconic cover image, research highlight, and Zuckerman Institute Mental Landscape.
Sam Galindo's study of Dscam2 in somatosensory wiring now on bioRxiv!
Read about Sam Galindo and Grace Shin's collaboration with the Millard lab here.
Patricia's manuscript on control of rolling behavior, a collaboration with Zarin and Hillman labs, is now posted to bioRxiv!
Patricia's first paper on her thesis research is posted to bioRxiv today! This has been a great collaboration with Aref Zarin and Yuhan Huang at Texas A&M, and Elizabeth Hillman, Wenze Li, Tanya Tabachnik, and Richard Hormigo here at the Zuckerman Institute.