Lisa Boulanger (Princeton)
MolBio Research Talk
Lisa Boulanger, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Her research focuses on how immune proteins contribute to the establishment, function, and modification of neuronal circuitry in the mammalian brain. Her lab is particularly interested in members of the major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI), which are well-known for their role in immune-mediated recognition and destruction of infected and cancerous cells. Dr. Boulanger’s research group has shown that MHCI is also present in the healthy brain, where it has unexpected and essential non-immune roles in normal brain development, synaptic transmission, and learning and memory. These studies add a new dimension to our understanding of how the brain grows and changes, and suggest surprising, immune-based approaches for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the developing, mature, and aging brain.
Immunity on the Brain: The Secret Life of Immune Proteins in the Developing, Adult, and Aging Brain
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