Susan K. McConnell, Ph.D.

Title
Susan B. Ford Professor of Humanities and Sciences
Department
Department of Biological Sciences
Institution
Stanford University
Address
Herrin Labs 115
385 Serra Mall
City, State, Zip
Stanford, CA 94305-5020
Phone
(650) 725-8786
E-mail
suemcc[at]stanford.edu
Website
http://www.stanford.edu/group/skmlab#http://www.stanford.edu/group/skmlab
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
1989

Research

The development of the central nervous system encompasses a series of critical processes, including the production of neurons from progenitor cells, the determination of discrete neuronal phenotypes, the migration of young neurons into appropriate positions within the brain, and the formation of specific synaptic contacts. These processes ultimately generate the formation of precisely wired neuronal circuits that underlie complex behaviors. The goal of our work is to understand how neurons in the developing cerebral cortex are produced, assigned specific phenotypes, and wired together into functional circuits. My lab is currently exploring the following 1) The control of neuronal identity 2) Asymmetric divisions and neurogenesis 3) Neuronal migration and axon guidance 4) Genetic analysis of forebrain patterning.