Kai Zinn, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Biology and Biological Engineering
Institution
California Institute of Technology
Address
1200 E. California Boulevard, 114-96
City, State, Zip
Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone
(818) 399-9333
E-mail
zinnk[at]caltech.edu
Website
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~zinnlab/index.htm
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
1990

Research

Our group studies the molecular mechanisms of axon guidance and synaptogenesis. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is our primary experimental system. In the embryo, we examine signaling systems involved in motor and CNS axon guidance. In the larva, we study synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity in the neuromuscular system. Our approaches combine genetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, biochemistry, and cell biology.