The Kolk Lab

 

Proper functioning of regions of the brain requires that selective subsets of cells communicate effectively with each other, allowing them to transduce information in a meaningful way. My research focusses on how cells of our developing brain communicate with each other in order to establish a specialized area dedicated to a specific function.

Specific communication strategies may be dictated by intrinsic factors, such as regulators of particular genes, or extrinsic influences, such as experience-based changes in cell-cell communication. My overall aim is to elucidate the molecular basis of developing brain areas, specifically those involved in neurodevelopmental disorders.