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Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Laboratory

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John Larson PhD

  • Associate Professor Emeritus
John Larson is Associate Professor of Physiology in Psychiatry. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in understanding the role of synaptic plasticity mechanisms in learning and memory formation. Dr. Larson studies mouse models for diseases affecting learning and memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Of particular interest is the neurobiology of Fragile X Syndrome, a monogenetic disorder that is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the most common known cause of autism. Dr. Larson is also interested in the synaptic and cellular mechanisms responsible for neuronal damage after oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) as occurs in stroke.

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Thomas Park PhD

  • Department of Biological Sciences, UIC

Michael Ragozzino PhD

  • Department of Psychology, UIC

Dr. Michael Ragozzino's research program involves taking a neural systems approach to understanding the neurobiology of learning and memory. His interest focuses on investigating the principles and neural mechanisms that govern the ability to learn new rules and inhibit old rules under changing environmental conditions.

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