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Neuroscience Track

The interdisciplinary research programs of Yale neuroscience faculty are central to the Neuroscience Track in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. The primary purpose of the Neuroscience Track is to provide students with maximum diversity and depth in the most important areas of neuroscience research. The Track draws on the knowledge and expertise of more than eighty faculty members, representing over twenty departments in both the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine, ranging from Psychiatry to Pharmacology and from Cell Biology to Biomedical Engineering.

Neuroscience Track Leadership

  • Co-Director, Neuroscience Track

    Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience; Co Vice Chair of Research, Neurosurgery; Director, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program

    Research Interests
    • Central Nervous System
    • Neuroglia
    • Neurons
    • Nose
    • Gene Expression Profiling
    Dr. Charles A. Greer is the Vice Chair for Research and holds the rank of Professor of Neuroscience. Dr. Greer also serves as Director of the Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program. He has served as the President of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Chair of National Institutes of Health Study Sections and recently completed a term on the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders. He has organized several national and international conferences and is frequently an invited speaker. Dr. Greer is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Comparative Neurology and Journal of Neuroscience and a member of the editorial boards of Frontiers in Neurogenomics, Frontiers in Neuroanatomy and Frontiers in Neuorgenesis and the Faculty of 1000. Dr. Greer has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his research accomplishments.
  • Co-Director, Neuroscience Track

    Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Co-Director, Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

    I began my research as a  neurobiology graduate student at UC Berkeley, where I worked in David Bentley's lab (1976-1982) for my doctorate. I studied axon guidance by pioneer neurons, the cells that establish the nerves and axon tracts of the nervous system. I have stayed with developmental neurobiology ever since. I next went to the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow (1982-1984), where Mick O'Shea had a lab exploring neuromodulation and synaptic plasticity. In 1984 I left Chicago for New Haven, where I joined Yale's Biology department (now called the MCDB department).My research looks at synaptic development and plasticity in Drosophila embryos. The methods are basically molecular genetics, combined with neural imaging and electrophysiology. I'm interested in how neurons select their synaptic partners, and I study that at both the cellular and molecular level. Currently I'm looking at the molecular signals that a postsynaptic cell sends back to the developing presynaptic neuron, signals that govern synaptic targeting, refinement, and plasticity.  Many of the key genes  that govern development and nervous system function in people were first discovered in flies. At Yale I help run the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, the university-wide doctoral program, where I am the coDirector with Charlie Greer. My lab is located in the Yale Science Building on the main campus,. YSB 227.RECENT PAPERSTarget dependent retrograde signaling mediates synaptic plasticity at the neuromuscular junction. (Links to an external site.) Activity-Dependent Synaptic Refinement: New Insights from Drosophila. In vivo Calcium Signaling during Synaptic Refinement at the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction. Cyclic nucleotide signaling is required during synaptic refinement at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Links to an external site.

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