Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Sackler School, Tufts University
Alan Kopin, MD, Adviser
My research focuses on how neuronal cell populations communicate via chemical signals and G-proteins coupled receptors (GPCRs). I am currently dissecting the neuronal interactions linked to Bursicon (a neuropeptide)-mediated effects on pigmentation and wing expansion in Drosophila melanogaster. Bursicon is known to activate the GPCR Rickets, a member of the leucine-rich repeat containing family. I am using a novel technique to activate GPCRs called membrane tethered ligands that was developed in our lab and currently mapping the neuronal networks of Bursicon/Rickets. My research will also hopefully lay the framework to adapt this technique to model signaling networks for other neuronal receptor/ligand interactions in vivo.
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