The National Institutes of Health has awarded a trio of five-year grants totaling more than $12 million to a group of University of Utah Health scientists at the forefront of congenital heart disease (CHD) and arrhythmia research.... Read MorePediatrics,Human Genetics,Neurobiology and Anatomy
Neurobiology & Anatomy Department
The Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy is a vibrant collection of faculty and research labs dedicated to investigating development and nervous system function in health and disease. Research areas include the molecular, cellular and circuit analysis of neuronal communication and behavior, the role of gene regulation and epigenetics in development and nervous system function, and mechanisms of disease.
We are committed to graduate and postdoctoral training, emphasizing research excellence and professional development. We also also boast a strong tradition of leadership in health sciences education and scholarship. The department is an integral part of campus-wide neuroscience and developmental biology communities.
The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy stands against racism and all forms of discrimination. We condemn the murder of George Floyd and countless black people. Systemic racism and injustice have no place in society and no place in our academic community. We are committed to change and will work to bring down barriers that create discrimination and limit opportunity in our department and academic community.
NEW FACULTY 2020:
We are very pleased to welcome two new faculty to the department:
- Dr. Stefano Brigidi will explore the genomic underpinnings of neural circuit plasticity, working to uncover the role that inducible transcription factors (ITFs) play in tailoring gene regulation and phenotypic changes to the broad diversity of stimuli experienced by neurons within their local circuits. His lab will utilize electrophysiology, biochemistry, and genome-wide sequencing to understand how myriad ITFs underlie cellular diversity in neural circuits across brain regions and through development. Ultimately, his group will seek to unravel how cell subtype-specific expression of ITFs supports learning-driven behaviors.
Dr. Nichole Link employs Drosophila to model human microcephaly and neurodevelopmental disorders caused by genetic variation and environmental pathogens. Characterization of genes associated with these human diseases in a genetic model system can lead to diagnoses for patients, illuminate mechanisms of disease pathogenesis, and identify essential pathways that govern brain size. Her lab interrogates how these pathways function during neuronal development and in disease states. More information can be found at the Link Lab site.
H. Joseph Yost has been awarded the 2020 Gary C Schoenwolf Mentorship Award.... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
Audrey Brown (Wachowiak Lab) won the AChemS Award... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
The National Science Foundation recently formed an international research network of scientists co-led by Matt Wachowiak, Ph.D., a brain investigator at University of Utah Health. The goal of the groundbreaking Odor2Action network is to determine how animals use information from odors to guide their behavior. ... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
Moriel Zelikowsky received a Whitehall Foundation Research Award.... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy
Dr. Rena D'Souza has been selected as Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the NIH.... Read MoreNeurobiology and Anatomy