Dr Susanna Mierau
Senior Research Fellow
NMDA Receptors in Development, Plasticity and Disease
NMDA receptors play a critical role in many forms of synaptic plasticity and have been implicated in multiple genetic forms of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. My project combines electrophysiological techniques, single cell transcriptome analysis, and human cortical cultures to investigate the role of NMDA receptor dysfunction in genetic forms of autism. I am also a U.S. qualified neurologist focused on diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Bridging neuroscience research in brain development and clinical care of autistic patients in my career, I hope to explore the fundamental nature of learning and develop new treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Electrophysiological recording techniques
Whole cell patch clamp
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