Minichiello Group | Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
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The group motto is: 'Scientiae Servias Oportet, Ut Tibi Contingat Vera Libertas' (Seneca)
We work to find molecular mechanisms that control the activity of nerve cells involved in cognitive processes such as learning and memory, motor behaviour and metabolism.
Restoration of neuronal functions requires that we first understand how nerve cells function at the cellular and molecular level, and how they work together in complex neural networks to facilitate specific behavioural functions.
Therefore, our ongoing work involves elucidating how alteration of neurotrophin signalling or other molecules of interest in specific neurons contribute to neurological conditions such as cognitive and basal ganglia movement disorders, or to metabolic dysfunctions.
To address these, we have established several state-of-the-art technologies in the laboratory including spatially restricted genetic manipulation, global gene expression analysis of neuronal cell populations and of single neurons (RNA-seq), intracellular signalling and protein chemistry. These molecular technologies are integrated with physiological readouts such as behaviour, metabolic phenotyping, histology and imaging.
We believe that understanding how particular cell types in the brain control specific behaviours is the foundation to improve treatments and inform the development of new therapies.