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Mentor: Tirin Moore, Neurobiology
Understanding the modulation and expression in the prefrontal cortex of adrenergic receptors, which are the targets of numerous hormones and medications, is key to understanding different cognitive processes like attention and working memory. Max will compare the expression of different classes of adrenergic receptors across different cell types and layers of the frontal eye field, a key area of the prefrontal cortex for these cognitive processes. Max’s project will help to understand the role of adrenergic receptors in cognitive circuits, which will have bearing on our understanding of conditions like ADHD.