Christopher Colwell

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Institute:
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

Website:
http://www.mrrc.npi.ucla.edu/ccolwell/

Session:
Plasticity, Learning, and Memory

Title of talk:
Circadian regulation of learning & memory and possible links to disease

Research

Dr. Christopher Colwell is a Professor for Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the University California in Los Angeles School of Medicine. He has started his research career with studying the neural mechanisms of photic regulation on circadian rhythm.  After his PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia, Dr. Colwell started working at the University of California in Los Angeles as postdoctoral fellow and he has continued his academic career in the UCLA. The Colwell laboratory has worked with different techniques including behavioral analysis, electrophysiology and luminescence reporter gene assay to reveal the interactions between the circadian timing system and physiological functions including learning and memory. The laboratory is presently engaged in pre-clinical research designed to understand the circadian dysfunction common to a variety of diseases including neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Using mouse models, the Colwell laboratory has been exploring the mechanisms underlying the disease-evoked circadian dysfunction and developing new therapeutic approaches.