Kate O'Connor Giles

Provost's Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Biography

Our research focuses on understanding communication in neural circuits - the functionally connected neurons that give rise to thought and behavior. We are particularly interested in how neurons build appropriate synaptic connections and modulate their properties to incorporate new information. Altered synaptic development and plasticity are associated with a broad range of neurological disorders including developmental disorders such as autism; motor, cognitive and psychological impairments; and neurodegeneration. Thus, the identification and characterization of the molecules that regulate synapse formation and function is key to our understanding of normal neural function and our ability to treat a variety of neurological disorders.