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Salvatore Incontro, PhD

I joined the Nicoll lab in October 2013, after I graduate as PhD at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. There I studied the role of ionotropic glutamate AMPARs subunit composition in the development of cerebellar granule cells, under the guidance of Magdalena Torres. I also studied the role of nitric oxide in the trafficking of the GluA1 subunit, visiting the Ziff lab at NYU for a short period.

As a postdoc in this lab the main goal will be to research on the role of AMPA and NMDA receptors in the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, in the CA1-CA3 regions of the hippocampus. In particular through the use of new molecular biology technologies, single-cell molecular replacement strategy and electrophysiology, I hope to understand better the role of CaMKII in synaptic plasticity, such as the importance of this and other fundamental synaptic proteins in the function of ionotropic glutamate receptors.