Astrocytes in brain circuits & cognition
Since its inception, neuroscience has focused on neurons as the single most relevant cellular component of the nervous system for understanding its inner workings. Yet, parts of the mammalian brain are only comprised of 10-20% of neurons. The Papouin Lab explores the role played by the remaining 80-90% of “non-neuronal” cells, called glial cells, in brain function. The lab interested in understanding the role of a glial subtype, astrocytes, in brain function from the perspective of brain states.