Developmental Neuroscience

The Development and Regeneration group specializes in the mechanisms that control nervous system assembly and repair. This group investigates the regulation of gene expression during nervous system development and regeneration, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive development of the cerebral cortex, and the mechanisms that underline cellular regeneration in the central nervous system.

Our faculty use a variety of research methods, including computational and behavioral techniques, gene array, real-time PCR, transgenesis, optical imaging, single-cell electrophysiology, and cell culture.

Developmental Neuroscience
image of extracellular matrix (ECM) staining on a glioma initiating cell One of many research initiatives in assistant professor Rick Matthews' lab focuses on the role of extracellular matrix and cell surface glycoproteins in the developing nervous system and in learning, memory, plasticity and diseases. This slide shows extracellular matrix (ECM) staining on a glioma initiating cell.