PETER SERRANO Ph.D.
My lab focuses on how memory and synaptic plasticity are disrupted by stress and other brain insults. We use several different behavioral assessments together with molecular and imaging techniques that asses changes in protein expression and spine shape morphology in order to build an integrative perspective of the underlying mechanisms. My lab has several different projects, which provide a unique perspective on the interaction between several brain regions including the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex as they relate to stress, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.
Spine-Morphology, Memory and Stress: Linking structural plasticity to memory processing
Effects of drug abuse on long term-memory: Methamphetamine models
Neuroinflammation and Neurodegenerative disorders: mechanisms underlying progressive memory deficits
Our lab strives to educate and train the scientists of tomorrow. Projects revolve around both graduate and undergraduate work, all while maintaining the highest standards of scientific integrity. Opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research are available throughout the semester and during intersessions (Summer and Winter). Contact us for available research assistant opportunities.