The Laboratory

Our laboratory is interested in elucidating the fundamental cellular and molecular processes that underlie memory formation.

B rains have an amazing ability to learn and store information for long periods, in some cases a lifetime. In particular, the enduring nature of memory remains a mystery, despite intensive study. Moreover, disorders of memory and cognition affect millions of people and are generally intractable to treatment. How does information storage remain stabile for years, despite constant protein modification and turnover? A major challenge in neuroscience is to understand how neuronal networks are modified through experience and how proteins/genes contribute to circuit modification. However, answering these fundamental questions requires many levels of analysis: from molecular interactions to complex cognition. Clearly, a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach is required.

 

The fascinating and challenging aspect of neuroscience is to bridge these gaps of analysis and be able to synthesize work coming from disparate areas of research.

Our lab is interested in elucidating the fundamental cellular and molecular processes that underlie memory formation. In particular we are interested in the elucidation of the protein machinery at the synapse that governs long-term storage of information, and how basic cell biological processes have been elaborated in neurons for the purpose of modulating synaptic transmission. In addition, we are interested in how these processes go awry in neurological diseases.

About Dr. Jason Shepherd

My lab is interested in elucidating the fundamental cellular and molecular processes that underlie memory formation. In particular we are interested in the elucidation of the protein machinery at the synapse that governs long-term storage of information, and how basic cell biological processes have been elaborated in neurons for the purpose of modulating synaptic transmission. In addition, we are interested in how these processes go awry in neurological diseases.

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Join the Laboratory  

Are you talented, creative and highly motivated? Shepherd Laboratory is currently looking for new talent. If you are passionate about scientific research and innovation, motivated, ambitious and driven; we want you to be part of our team.

We are currently accepting application for  an open Postdoctoral Associate position.

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