Department News and Events

Dr. Carlos Lois, M.D., Ph.D., awarded a collaborative BRAIN Initiative grant with Stanford University, Brandeis University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Combining genetics, genomics, and anatomy to classify cell types across mammals

Grant number: 5U01MH105949-02; Effective October 1, 2014

Most of what is known about how neurons work is based on experiments that have been done in mice or rats.  We know that human brains are more complex that mice or rat brains, but we really do not understand exactly how evolution has progressed from the rodent to the human brain.  We will compare the properties and function of identical neurons genetically identified in in transgenic mice and rats to find out in which properties they differ.  We will also examine which genes are different (in those genetically identified neurons) between mice and rats so that we could explain how the differences in gene expression  account for the differences in function.  This kind of information will allow us to understand the logic of evolution by which neurons become more complex from lower animals to higher animals, and eventually, to understand why the human brain can do things that no other animal brain can do. 



The Department of Neurobiology would like to welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Dorothy "Dori" Schafer, PhD!



Budnik named fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)

Vivian Budnik, PhD, has been named fellow of the ELAM Program for Women at the Drexel University College for Medicine in Philadelphia.

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Budnik receives prestigious MERIT award from NIH

Guaranteed long-term funding allows for ‘more incisive and risky approaches’

Vivian Budnik, PhD, has received a Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her grant The wingless transduction pathway in synapse development. MERIT awards are given to a very small number of researchers who “have demonstrated superior competence and productivity during their previous endeavors and who are likely to continue to perform in an outstanding manner in the future,” according to NIH. 

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Report on monarch butterfly dropoff cites work by Steve Reppert at UMMS

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Budnik gets EUREKA grant to study communication between nucleus and cytoplasm

High-risk, high-impact research may lead to new understanding of tissue dystrophies and aging disorders

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Marc R. Freeman, PhD, named Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator

Neurobiologist joins five other HHMI investigators at UMMS

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