The Vaccarino Lab

  • Somatic mosaicism

    Somatic mosaicism is the accumulation of mutations in DNA sequence or copy number in cellular genomes after fertilization (typically in the form of copy number variations, single nucleotide mutations, new retrotransposon insertions).

  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells & Developmental Disorders

    In our lab we produce iPSC from skin fibroblasts of ASD patients and control subjects and use them to study differences in human embryonic neuronal development between these two populations.

  • The Role of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors in the Morphogenesis and Maturation of the Neocortex

    Our studies have shown that Fgf signaling regulates the surface expansion of the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus.

  • Cortico-basal ganglia interactions in movement disorders: Tourette Syndrome

    Using stereology, we showed a decrease in number of GABAergic and cholinergic interneurons in postmortem basal ganglia tissue from subjects with Tourette.