Elucidating the molecular drivers underlying schizophrenia

The Synapse Biology and Cognition Group is focused on understanding the critical role synaptic genes and proteins play in shaping excitatory/inhibitory wiring and connectivity in the brain, that enables complex cognition and higher order processing in the healthy brain, and in mental conditions where these processes go awry.

Identifying the disrupted molecular changes that underlie mental illnesses like schizophrenia remains a challenge for the development of novel effective treatments.


This project will use molecular techniques to examine gene and protein changes in brain tissue from preclinical animal models and clinical postmortem samples, working in collaboration with Prof. Brian Dean.

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Associate Professor Jess Nithianantharjah

Project supervisor
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