neural circuits and synapses


laboratory of neural circuits and synapses

The Beg lab is located in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School.  Our lab studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neuronal circuit assembly and function.  We are particularly interested in understanding how the central nervous system controls movement from both physiological and behavioral perspectives.

The human brain consists of billions of neurons connected into circuits by trillions of synapses.  The proper formation and function of neuronal circuits underlies many aspects of human behavior and perturbations of neuronal circuits is a common hallmark of many neurological diseases.  We use both the mouse and Caenorhabditis elegans as model organisms to understand how neuronal circuits give rise to stereotyped and rhythmic behaviors.  To address these questions we use a combination of molecular genetics, protein biochemistry, optical imaging, electrophysiology, and transgenic models.

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• Chris Valdez was Awarded an NSF GRFP!!!