Molecular Mechanisms of Synapse Formation and Function: Lessons from C. elegans
May 3, 2016
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.
Tuesday, May 3 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
As part of the Division of Biological Sciences seminar series and co-sponsored by the Broader Impacts Network, Dr. Colón-Ramos will deliver a talk entitled “Molecular Mechanisms of Synapse Formation and Function: Lessons from C. elegans.” He will also talk about his Broader Impacts and outreach work, as co-founder of Ciencia Puerto Rico, a non-profit promoting research & education in Puerto Rico.