Department of Psychology
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Biological basis of memory formation and storage in the mammalian brain
Broadly defined, the primary focus of our work is to explore the biological basis of memory formation and storage in the mammalian brain. Many of these studies involve an examination of the genes and proteins within neurons that contribute to neuronal plasticity and, ultimately, the formation of lasting memories. These studies span several levels of neurobiological analysis, including behavioral, immunohistochemical, neuropsychological (lesion), and molecular biological techniques. Our primary focus is on the hippocampus, and much of our research seeks to characterize the dissociable contributions of the CA1, CA3, and dentate gyrus subregions within both dorsal and ventral hippocampus to a variety of different “types” of memory.