Research and training experiences for students are centered on three key issues in neuroscience that are the focus of research conducted in our laboratories:
LIN Research Groups
The Laboratory has a base of work on molecular and developmental analyses of synaptic communication. Two themes run through this work: structure-function relationships of key synaptic molecules, such as receptors and transporters, and the functional modulation of synapses.
Systems and Circuits
Sensory processing and motor programming are being analyzed in the labs. The theme in this cluster is understanding how information about the world is encoded within the central nervous system and finally how central information is decoded to generate organismal behavior.
Philosophy of Mind
Several members of the philosophy department are members of LIN, and work on issues relevant to neuroscience. David Hilbert explores the nature of color, color vision, and related problems in the philosophy of perception. Marya Schechtman researches personal identity, practical reason, and our conception of the self.
Naked mole-rats turn into plants when oxygen is low, Dr. Thomas Park
Deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats survive by turning into plants, metabolically — a finding that may yield discoveries for heart attack and stroke treatments.