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Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos, PhD

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology



Daniel Colón-Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He completed his B.A. at Harvard University, his PhD in the lab of Dr. Sally Kornbluth at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kang Shen at Stanford University. The Colón-Ramos lab is interested in how synapses are precisely assembled to build the neuronal architecture that underlies behavior. To address this, they developed tools in the thermotaxis circuit of C. elegans. Their system enables unbiased genetic screens to identify novel pathways that instruct synaptogenesis in vivo, and single-cell manipulation of these pathways to understand how they influence behavior. As mechanisms underlying synapse structure and function are conserved, the research program seeks to enhance our understanding of synaptic cell biology in higher organisms, which may be important for disease.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral fellow
    Stanford University (2008)
  • PhD
    Duke University Medical Center (2003)
  • AB
    Harvard College (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with ScienceAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science2012
Sloan Research Fellow 2010
Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences2009

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