People

Principal Investigator

Troy Littleton, M.D., Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Neurotransmitter Release, Retrograde Signaling, Synaptic Plasticity

 

 

Senior Administrative Assistant

 

 

Charles Moss

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Lab Manager

 

Dina Volfson

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Biosensor Development and Neurotransmitter Release

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Katie Harris, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Retrograde Signaling at Synapses, Drosophila Models of Autism

 
 
 

Richard Cho, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Regulation and Function of Spontaneous Neurotransmitter Release by Complexin

Shirley Weiss, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Regulation of Glial Calcium Signaling

 

Yao Zhang, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Characterization of Glial-Neuronal Communication

 
 
 

 

Zhuo Guan, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Synaptotagmin Regulation of Neurotransmitter Release

 
 
 

 

Yulia Akbergenova, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Imaging of Single Active Zone Release Mechanisms, Huntington’s Disease

 

 
 
 

Kiel G Ormerod, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Dense core vesicle trafficking; and investigating the role of neuromodulatory substances on neural circuitry and excitation-contraction coupling.
 

 

Suresh Kumar Jetti, Ph.D.

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Functional dissection of mechanisms regulating active zone release probability and characterizing the function of 
autism-associated SHANK

 

 

 

Graduate Students

 

Nicole Aponte Santiago

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests: 

Mechanisms Underlying Synaptic Competition

 
 
 

 

Monica C. Quiñones Frías

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests:

Vesicular Trafficking Pathways at the Synapse

 
 

Karen Leopold Cunningham

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests:

Regulation of Synaptic Activity and Function

 

Chad William Sauvola

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

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Research Interests:

Mechanisms of synaptic vesicle recycling

 

Research Technician

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant