Eickholt Lab: Signaling mechanisms in brain development and disease
A fundamental question in neuroscience concerns the mechanisms by which the complexity and precision of connections between cells in the nervous system is achieved. At the cellular level, this process requires the navigation of axonal processes to their appropriate target cells, the fomation of synaptic contacts with postsynaptic partners and the assembly of functional synapses, specialized structures that allow the fast transmission of information.
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Within these areas, our research seeks:
(1) to dissect signalling mechanisms that control the dynamic reorganisation of the cytoskeleton within the growth cone and at the synapse;
(2) to understand how different members of the Semaphorin family of axon guidance molecules effect neuronal circuit formation;
(3) investigate the temporal and spatial aspect of neuronal signalling by the use of high-resolution live cell imaging.
We believe that our research into the signalling mechanisms that control the dynamic reorganisation of the cytoskeleton within the growth cone and at the synapse has - in general - potentially direct implications for developing and validating pharmacological therapeutics for the treatment of varius neurological disorders.
The Eickholt Lab is part of NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
Director of Institute, Director of Centrum and Group Leader Signaling mechanisms in brain development and diseaseCharité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Postal address:Charitéplatz 110117 Berlin
Campus / internal address:Virchowweg 6