Kucenas, Sarah C
- BS, Biology, Valparaiso University
- PhD, Pharmacological & Physiological Sciences, Saint Louis University
- Postdoc, Developmental Neurobiology, Vanderbilt University
The role of glia in the development, maintenance and regeneration of the nervous system
The long-term goal of our research program is to elucidate the roles of peripheral and central glia and glial-glial interactions during nervous system development, maintenance and disease/injury. Using Danio rerio (zebrafish) as a model system (and to a lesser extent, mouse), we combine genetic and pharmacological perturbation, single cell manipulation, laser ablation/axotomy and in vivo, time-lapse imaging to directly and continuously observe glial cell origins, behaviors and interactions in an intact vertebrate.