Neurobiology & Anatomy Research

Research Areas

  • Neural basis of behavior

    Neural basis of behavior

    Mechanistic dissection of the circuits and cellular underpinnings of sensation and behavior. Our faculty use cutting edge techniques such as optogenetics and advanced imaging methods to understand how neural circuits process information and mediate complex behaviors. A variety of model organisms and behaviors are utilized, ranging from zebrafish to rodents.

    Faculty: Adam Douglass; Chris Gregg; Scott W. Rogers; Matt Wachowiak

  • Molecular signaling and development

    Molecular signaling and development

    Molecular dynamics of nervous system development and wiring. The department builds on its historic strength in developmental biology with diverse faculty working to uncover the molecular mechanisms of nervous system wiring and signaling pathways involved in embryogenesis and organ development.

    Faculty: Maureen L. Condic; Jan L. Christian; Richard I. Dorsky; David Hutcheson; Kathryn B. Moore; Yukio Saijoh; Gary Schoenwolf; Monica Vetter; Joseph Yost

  • Synapses and circuits

    Synapses and circuits

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and function. Synaptic transmission and plasticity are approached from molecules to in vivo circuits to understand information encoding and storage in the brain. Faculty interests include how synapses form in defined neural circuits and how experience shapes these synaptic circuits.

    Faculty: Sungjin Park; Alex Shcheglovitov; Jason Shepherd; Matt Wachowiak; Megan Williams

  • Mechanisms of disease

    Mechanisms of disease

    Understanding the pathogenesis of neurological and genetic disorders. Basic biology informs how diseases arise from molecular and cellular processes gone awry. Our faculty investigates a multitude of disorders that include autism spectrum disorders, retinal diseases, addiction and neurodegeneration.

    Faculty: Alejandra Bosco; Noel G. Carlson; Chris Gregg; Scott W. Rogers; Alex Shcheglovitov; Jason Shepherd; Megan Williams; Joseph Yost

  • Genes and epigenetics

    Genes and epigenetics

    Investigating the genetic program that underlies behavior, neural development and embryogenesis.

    Our faculty draws on the strengths of the genetics research at Utah to understand the gene program that underlies behavior and development. New approaches to investigate the role of epigenetic modifications in these processes are also studied.

    Faculty: Richard I. Dorsky; Chris Gregg; Alex Shcheglovitov; Monica Vetter