Research in the Kim Lab

Our lab researches synapse biology and neuron function and how synapse contributes to cognition in brain disorders.  We study the changes in synapse structure and function in neurons. We focus on the signaling pathways and receptor trafficking mechanisms that control synaptic transmission and synapse strength. Many of our studies are conducted in cultured neurons, a highly versatile system for analyzing synapse function. We also employ genetically modified mice to study cognitive function and diseases. We extensively employ techniques of cell biology, Caclium imaging, biochemistry, and behavioral analysis, as well as electrophysiology to deduce molecular mechanisms that control synapses.