Current Research
Molecular Mechanisms in the Normal and Diseased Brain

Nathaniel Heintz seeks to identify the genes, circuits, cells, macromolecular assemblies, and individual molecules that contribute to mammalian brain function and to its dysfunction in disease. Heintz and his team develop and employ novel genetic and biochemical methodologies to determine the molecular constitutions and phenotypes of the central nervous system, working in normal mice and in mouse models of common disorders, such as autism, Parkinson’s disease, addiction, anxiety, and depression. Understanding the classes of neurons and the circuits that control specific aspects of cognition and behavior can lead to more targeted treatments.

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