Removing a single gene from the brains of mice and zebrafish causes these animals to become more anxious than normal. Researchers from University of Utah Health show that eliminating the gene encoding Lef1 disrupts the development of certain nerve cells in the hypothalamus that affect stress and anxiety. ... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
Neurobiology & Anatomy Department
Neuroscience & Developmental Biology
The Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at the University of Utah is vibrant and growing, with seven faculty added to the department in the past three years, including four assistant professor hires. We continue to expand our strength in developmental biology, including early embryonic development, neurogenesis, and synapse formation, as well as in functional neuroscience, utilizing molecular and genetic approaches as well as physiology and behavior. The department is an integral part of campus-wide neuroscience and developmental biology communities.
We are strongly committed to graduate and postdoctoral training, emphasizing both research excellence and professional development. We also have a strong tradition of excellence in medical education and scholarship.
The Shepherd Lab published research titled, “Arc restores juvenile plasticity in adult mouse visual cortex” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 8, 2017.... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
Like the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists at University of Utah Health report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex. Published today in PNAS, the study shows that manipulating a single gene triggers the shift, revealing it as a target for new treatments to recover the brain’s youthful potential. ... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
From DNA to Decision-making: University of Utah Health Awarded $4 Million Toward a Comprehensive Look at Heart Birth Defects
The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded investigators at University of Utah Health $3.7 million to conduct collaborative research to prevent and treat congenital heart disease. U of U Health is one of four groups across the country to join the AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) for children.... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
Congratulations to this year’s PhD graduates from Neurobiology and Anatomy!... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
A memorial service to honor 241 individuals who gave their bodies to science and education at the University of Utah last year... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy