David D. Ginty, Ph.D.

Title
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Department
The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
Institution
Johns Hopkins University
Address
Room 1015 PreClinical Teaching Building
725 North Wolfe Street
City, State, Zip
Baltimore, MD 21205-2185
Phone
(410) 614-9494
E-mail
dginty[at]jhmi.edu
Website
http://dms.hms.harvard.edu/neuroscience/fac/Ginty.php
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
1996

Research

The goals of my laboratory are to identify key molecular events underlying axonal growth and survival and establish the principles governing development of the vertebrate peripheral nervous system. Our primary focus is on identification and characterization of key ligand-receptor systems, and their intracellular signals, that control axonal growth, target field innervation and neuronal survival in the mammalian peripheral nervous system. Current projects in the laboratory address: 1) Mechanisms of nerve growth factor (NGF) control of gene expression in sensory and sympathetic neurons 2) Mechanisms of long-range retrograde NGF signaling in neurons 3) Axon guidance mechanisms that control establishment of peripheral nervous system circuits, and 4) Identification of intracellular mediators of neuronal growth factor receptors that support axonal growth and survival. Our research projects make use of chemical, reverse and forward genetic strategies in the mouse, complemented with anatomical and biochemical approaches, enabling in vitro and in vivo analyses of neuronal growth factor mechanism and function.