L’Etoile Lab / UCSF

Understanding Neural Plasticity and Behavior

Understanding the mechanisms that underlie neural plasticity are paramount to fully elucidating normal brain function. Defects in neural plasticity may also contribute to human diseases such as autism, neurodegeneration and a variety of psychiatric disorders. My research efforts focus on understanding the molecular basis for neuronal plasticity and behavior.

We use the genetically tractable organism, C. elegans, to pursue these questions, combined with biochemical and imaging approaches.