How to Build a Synapse: Molecules that Instruct Neuron Form and Function
Many largescale efforts are aimed at unraveling the cellular, molecular, and computational properties that underlie brain function. Yet, to date, many important insights into these problems have come from a humble part of the central nervous system – the retina. The retina is responsible for vision and. contains diverse neuron types that detect light. Because of its inherent organization, wiring, and experimental accessibility it has proven to be a uniquely approachable system for discovering neurobiology principles. In this lightening talk, we discuss our efforts to uncover new neural regulatory molecules and pathways using this small but consequential window into the brain.