Michael Cahill

Comparative Biosciences


Research Program

Using animal models, my research approach recapitulates the genetic and biochemical alterations identified in neuropsychiatric disorders to identify brain region-specific aberrations in synapse formation, stability, and experience-dependent remodeling. We then aim to understand how these regional synaptic changes, in turn, contribute to specific disease-associated behavioral phenotypes. Finally, my research also investigates how environmental-based risk factors for neuropsychiatric disease interact with specific genetic susceptibility factors to produce synaptic and behavioral phenotypes.

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