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These labs investigate the biological processes that underlie normal and abnormal behavior. Focii range from emotional and social behavior to the effects of cortical plasticity on behavior.
Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
These labs run the gamut of cellular and molecular neuroscience, with research investigating the role of proteins, receptors, synapses, and glia (to name a few) in normal and abnormal brain function.
These labs span the breadth of cognitive neuroscience and do research on sensory processing, motor control, decision making, language, and social cognition as well as a wide array of brain-based disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease and stroke.
Developmental neuroscience investigates the processes that shape the nervous system throughout life. These labs focus on developmental mechanisms at various stages of life, from investigations of differentiation of tissue in the embryo to the development of cognitive control across the lifespan.
These labs span the breadth of cognitive and systems neuroscience and do research that focuses on sensory processing, motor control, decision making, language, and social cognition as well as a wide array of brain-based disorders. The central facility for neuroimaging research is the Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging
Neural Degeneration & Injury
Neurodegenerative disease and neural injury share several pathological mechanisms, including the aberrant accumulation of proteins (e.g., tau, Aβ, α-synuclein, TDP-43), chronic activation of glia, synaptic toxicity, and the vulnerability of specific populations of neurons. These labs are interested in various aspects of the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and neural injury after stroke or traumatic brain injury. The Center for Neural Injury and Recovery
(CNIR) supports training in neural injury and plasticity through its training grant
These labs use pharmacological techniques to investigate neurotransmitters and receptors, trophic factors, inflamation, synaptic plasticity, and other nervous system functions.
A major driving force behind cortical neurophysiology is to understand how complex neural systems function and adapt to a changing environment. These labs have interests that range from molecular and cellular work that uses patch-clamping and optical recording technology in brain slices to systems and whole organism behavioral studies that utilize in-vivo neurophysiology and functional neuroimaging of the cerebral cortex.
There are also a number of affiliate faculty at Georgetown and neighboring institutions who serve as co-mentors for student theses and for laboratories available for rotation projects.