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Office: 2116 Bioscience Research Building
Phone: 301-405-0178
Colenso Speer
Assistant Professor of Biology
Education

Research Interests: Our laboratory explores changes in synaptic connectivity and function underlying the development of parallel neural pathways from the eyes to central targets in the brain. We use transgenic and molecular tools to label and manipulate specific neuronal subsets in the visual system, electrophysiological and optical recording techniques to assay circuit function and connectivity, and high-resolution imaging techniques, including three-dimensional super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, to explore the molecular and structural refinement of developing circuits. By applying high-performance computing approaches to automated image analysis, we are working to extract new biological findings from big data.