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Associate Professor

830 N. University

Office Location(s): 3101A Nat. Sci.
Lab Address: 3101 Nat. Sci. 734.647.8427
Phone: 734.764.4363
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  • Fields of Study
    • Developmental Neurobiology
    • Neuronal Cell Biology
  • About

    The ability to form new or dissolve old synaptic contacts is a fundamental property of neurons and the nervous system. This "plasticity" underlies development, learning and memory, and adaptation to external stimuli such as to stress and injury. My new lab is interested in the cellular mechanisms that neurons use to alter synaptic structure in response to environmental and developmental cues. Of particular interest is the cell biology of signaling within axons, which connect neurons to distant parts of the brain and body. How do signals traverse the long distance in axons from the synapse to the nucleus? And how do neurons interpret the signals in order to change specific aspects of their axonal or dendritic processes? To address these questions, we are taking advantage of the power of Drosophila genetics and the simple anatomy of Drosophila larval motoneurons.

    Dr. Collins received her PhD from University of California, San Francisco in 2000, and has been a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and Washington University in St. Louis.