Elizabeth Zuniga-Sanchez

Baylor College of Medicine

Assistant Professor

During the development of the nervous system, a myriad of neuronal cell types assemble into a network to form highly stereotypic patterns of connections. How the dendrites and axons from different neuronal subtypes discriminate between one another to form precise and highly reproducible patterns of synaptic connections remains a central issue in neuroscience. My lab focuses on identifying the molecular basis of synaptic specificity in the developing vertebrate nervous system. To answer this question, we use next-generation sequencing, CRISPR technology, and single cell labeling to identify the factors that mediate proper connectivity using the mouse retina as a model system. Through these studies, we aim to uncover general principles of neural circuit formation.

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