Our lab focuses on the molecular interactions between nerves and Schwann cells, which myelinate peripheral nerves. We specifically focus on molecular regulation of three key structural properties that together determine the rate of neuronal conduction: Axonal diameter, Myelin Thickness and Internode Length. These three properties are determined by complex interactions between neurons and Schwann cells. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate development of these properties is key to developing novel therapies for diseases where myelin is lost such as Multiple Sclerosis and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
I welcome the interest of potential graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in our research. Please feel free to contact me (GarciaML@missouri.edu) to discuss available opportunities in the lab. More information about our graduate program of study is available from the Division of Biological Sciences‘ website.