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Ashley Nemes-Baran has been appointed Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and will teach in the Neurosciences undergraduate major curriculum.

Heather Broihier named chair of the Synapses, Cytoskeleton, and Trafficking Study Section (SYN) at NIH.

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Jerry Silver elected BioPub’s Evergreen Scientist of the Year

There will be a live-streamed webinar on the site featuring Dr. Silver on Friday, 26 June, at noon.

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Findings may lead to clues for possible treatments for autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia

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Congratulations to Xinrui Zhang from Deneris lab on her NIH NRSA F30 Predoctoral Fellowship!

Congratulations to Polyxeni Philippidou for her new NIH R01 Award!
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Recent Publications

Breathing is the most important motor behavior for all land animals but the mechanisms that control the development of respiratory circuits are largely unknown. A new study from the Philippidou lab has found that Hox5 transcription factors drive a molecular program that sets up specific patterns of connectivity within breathing circuits.

eLife 2020;9:e52859,  Jan 16, 2020

Nature Communications volume 10, Article number: 5575 (2019)

It has long been known that proteins are important in maintaining synapses, but the mechanism by which they do so has remained elusive. In a study in Drosophila neuromuscular junction the laboratory of Dr. Heather Broihier has found that α2δ-3 protein provides an extracellular scaffold for an autocrine Bone Morphogenetic Protein signal that can help to maintain synaptic density, structure and function.

Nature Communications,10, 5575 (2019) 

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Everyone hates taking out the trash, but we do it because we can’t function properly if we don't. It turns out that the same is true of the brain. Cullin 3 is a core component of an E3 ubiquitin ligase responsible for clearance of a cell's proteins. Mutations in the gene that encodes for it, CUL3, have been associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Schizophrenia (SCZ), but the mechanism of CUL3 mutation has been elusive. Researchers in the Mei lab have just elucidated the mechanism of the CUL3 mutation, and shown the impact it has on social interactions.

Neuron, November 25, 2019