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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Katherine Watters

PhD Student in Neuroscience
Katherine Watters

Katherine Watters

PhD Student in Neuroscience

Education: 
BA, Psychology, University of California - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
MS, Biology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Research synopsis: 

Synaptic cell adhesion molecules are a family of immunoglobulin-rich transmembrane proteins that localize both pre- and postsynaptically to promote synapse development. One member of the family, SynCAM1 has been shown to play a role in learning and memory, and mutations in this gene family have been implicated in neurological disorders including autism and schizophrenia. My research looks to further our understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which SynCAMs accomplish their various roles in central nervous system development and to characterize for first time the role of SynCAM2 in synapse formation, function and maintenance using a conditional knockout mice model.

Advisor: Thomas Biederer