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4/23: School of Science Colloquium: Dr. J. Erickson and Dr. A. O’Connor

School of Science Colloquium Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Science Complex P-101
Dr. Jeffrey Erickson, Department of Biology
“From Genes to Behavior: Knockouts, Neurotransmitters, and the Development of Respiratory Control”

Abstract: All behaviors, even those that are relatively stereotyped such as the simple act of breathing, depend on functional neural circuits that are established during development. Normal development of these circuits is therefore crucial and is guided, in part, by the genetic expression of growth, survival, and transcription factors acting at specific points in time. Loss of gene expression can lead to correlated abnormalities in neural development and behavior, providing a means to explore the role of specific proteins in the genetic basis of behavior. In this talk, using the serotonin-deficient Pet-1 “knockout” mouse as an example, I will show how a loss of function approach can provide valuable insight into the requirements for normal breathing behavior in mammals. In doing so, I will highlight several recent findings from my lab that have paved the way for future studies. Dr. Abby O’Connor, Department of Chemistry Title and abstract TBA