Research Roundup: September 2018

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Research Roundup: September 2018

Here are summaries of a selection of the papers published by GCB faculty in September 2018

Avshalom Caspi, Terrie Moffitt worked with a team, including the Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics core facility, to test the hypothesis that genetics influence intelligence partly by contributing to the development of larger brains. Read more

Ornit Chiba-Falek collaborated with Boris Kantor in neurobiology, to pioneer the development of a new therapeutic strategy for Parkinson’s disease that targets the machinery that controls the expression of the SNCA gene. Read more

Paul Magwene, along with Ömur Kayikci investigated the role that cAMP-PKA signaling plays in the regulation of filamentous growth in two closely related budding yeast species, Saccharomycescerevisiae and Saccharomyces bayanu Their findings highlight the potential for significant evolutionary divergence in gene network function, even when the constituent parts of such networks are well conserved. Read more

Xiling Shen and his postdoc Bradley Barth collaborated with the Bohorquez lab to investigate the gut-brain connection and discovered that a direct circuit for gut-brain signaling uses glutamate as a neurotransmitter. They believe this research will serve as an entry point for how the brain knows when the stomach is full. Read more

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