Contractor, Anis, PhD



Contractor, Anis, PhD




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Department of Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine


Ward 5-223 Chicago


Areas of Research

Cell Biology, Development, Electrophysiology, Imaging & Microscopy, Learning & Memory, Molecular Neuroscience, Signal Transduction

Training Grants

Mechanisms of Aging and Demential Training Program (M.A.D), Neurobiology of Information Storage Training Program (NISTP), General Motor Control Mechanisms and Disease Training Program

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Current Research

Current Research

Research in our laboratory is focused on elucidating the link between synaptic plasticity and the mechanisms of learning and memory.
Activity driven modification of excitatory synapses is a powerful process for the refinement of synaptic connections which must occur in precise ways for the correct development and ongoing function of the brain.
Long-term potentiation (LTP) of synapses is widely accepted to be integral to the formation and consolidation of memories. Using an array of novel mouse mutants, we are mapping out the important receptors and molecules that play central roles in synaptic plasticity.
A complete description of these fundamental processes will allow us to understand the pathology of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders that result in the disruption of memory storage and retrieval.