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Michael Fox, PhD
Brain Assembly: Making the Right Connections Through Genes and Experience [Brain School seminar]
Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
All of our behaviors, emotions, and memories arise from specialized circuits between neurons in the brain. During our development, these circuits form with extreme precision—a bewildering concept since your brain contains more neurons than there are stars in our galaxy—and each of these neurons is connected to up to 100,000 other neurons. Forming these precise connections requires both innate properties and experience. Dr. Fox’s presentation will tease out how genetics and experience affect the human brain.
About the Speaker:
Before joining the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute as an associate professor, Dr. Michael Fox was an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He earned his doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He is also an associate professor of biological sciences in Virginia Tech’s College of Science.
Dr. Fox’s laboratory is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive two aspects of synapse formation—synaptic targeting and synaptic differentiation. His efforts to uncover mechanisms that drive the initial targeting of synapses focus on the visual system.