Christopher G. Rongo, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Department of Genetics
Institution
Rutgers University
Address
190 Frelinghuysen Road
Room 135
City, State, Zip
Piscataway, NJ 8854
Phone
(732) 445-0955
E-mail
rongo[at]waksman.rutgers.edu
Website
http://www.waksman.rutgers.edu/rongo/home
Research Field
Genetics; Neuroscience
Award Year
2001

Research

Our research is focused on glutamate receptors, which are ligand-gated channels that mediate much of the excitatory communication between neurons in the brain. The trafficking of these receptors in neurons is thought underlie synaptic plasticity, and their inappropriate activation is implicated in several diseases of the nervous system. A better understanding of these receptors will facilitate the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases attributable to neurodegeneration, and help us better understand the mechanisms behind learning and memory.