University of Miami >> Miller School of Medicine >> Office of Graduate Studies >> Neuroscience

Dissertation Defenses
February 13, 2012

2:00 PM, RMSB #5122
Michael Sinclair
Mentor: Nirupa Chaudhari, PhD
"Modulation of Peripheral Taste Function by Glial-Like Taste Cells



The basic and clinical science departments of the University of Miami have a long-standing and internationally recognized record of graduate and postgraduate training in the neurosciences. The interdisciplinary Ph.D.program in Neuroscience was established at the University in 1992. The faculty for the Neuroscience Program consists of more than 80 neuroscientists drawn from the School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The research interests of these faculty include but are not limited to:


Cellular mechanisms underlying neurological diseases such as Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and AIDS-related-dementias


Ways in which addiction to nicotine, alcohol and illegal drugs are acquired and can be controlled


Strategies to limit and even repair damage to the brain and spinal cord caused by traumatic injury,ischemia, or stroke Detailed molecular mechanisms underlying the expression and function of ion channels and neurotransmitter receptors


Sensory transduction in the visual, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory systems


Mechanisms of learning and memory


Development of the nervous system, with emphasis on axon growth and synapse formation, and basic cell biology as applied to the nervous system, including signal transduction, tumorigenesis, and cell-cell communication.

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