Assistant Professor Yao Chen received two awards for collaborative projects to advance understanding of the molecular or mechanistic processes that underlie memory and cognition.
In collaboration with Vitaly Klyachko in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at WashU, the funds will support research into the function of sensory neurons and partners known as satellite glial cells.
Tilden, a graduate student in Yao Chen’s lab, received the fellowship to pursue her research on how sleep, learning and aging are tied together.
In the Yi Lab, the funding will go to developing an inhibitor of the protein UBE3A, which causes neurodevelopmental disorders. The Gabel Lab is establishing a novel platform to examine brain connectivity and gene disruption in a model of Rett Syndrome.
The three-year award will support Dr. Christensen’s postdoctoral research in Adam Kepecs’ lab on the neural computations underlying uncertainty in decision-making.
Assistant Professor Tom Franken will explore how the brain distinguishes objects from shadows, and Alessandro Livi, a postdoctoral researcher, will map the brain networks underlying economic decision-making.
As part of a collaborative team, Prufrock will produce models of how developing teeth influence facial bone growth in multiple primate species.
The Bagnall Lab is creating a map of connections along the length of neurons in the spinal cord to understand their function in movement.
Taghert’s group aims to determine how circadian pacemaker cells in the brain control behavior and physiology that peak at different times.
Ibrahim Saliu, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neuroscience, has received a $200,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to study the role of astrocytes in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.