McLean, David, PhD

Information

Name

McLean, David, PhD

Title

Associate Professor

Email

david-mclean@northwestern.edu

Office Phone

847-467-1696

Office Fax

847-491-5211

Department

Neurobiology; Director, NUIN

Office

Evanston

Areas of Research

Development, Electrophysiology, Motor Control

Training Grants

General Motor Control Mechanisms and Disease Training Program

NU Scholar Profile

https://northwestern.pure.elsevier.com/en/persons/0dfebd91-8cd2-4166-a3f5-138e7fda6d75

Recent Publications on PubMed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=David+L.+McLean&cmd=DetailsSearch

Current Research

Current Research

Development and plasticity of motor networks
Repetitive movements, like walking or breathing, are generated by networks of rhythmically active neurons. We are interested in how rhythmic networks develop and produce movements of different speeds and intensities. To do this, we study the spinal networks controlling innate motor behaviors in developing zebrafish. Zebrafish provide a unique opportunity to combine imaging, electrophysiological and molecular approaches to examine the neural control of behavior in the living organism. By revealing common principles of organization, we hope to provide insights into disorders that affect our capacity to move, like Parkinson's disease, epilepsy or spinal injury.