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Kaczmarek, Leonard Konrad Whitman Center Scientist, Whitman Center


Research in our laboratory is aimed at understanding the nature of the biochemical changes that occur in neurons and that result in prolonged changes in the behavior of an animal or in its ability to detect specific patterns of sensory inputs. It is known that alterations of the intrinsic electrical excitability of specific neurons are the key feature of such events, and that these are caused by the short-term and long-term regulation of proteins termed ion channels. Our laboratory has isolated the genes for multiple ion channels, and is studying both how these channels function to in the normal nervous system, and how human mutations in these channels give rise to several neurological conditions that produce severe intellectual disability. Specialized Terms: Neuroscience; Learning and memory; Ion channels

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