Welcome to the Taylor Lab
Our Research Focus
We study the development of cell-to-cell communication in the nervous system. Neurons communicate with each other and with muscle through synapses, specialized sites of cell-to-cell communication. We use a combination of molecular biology, genetics, microscopy, single-cell RNA sequencing and bioinformatic methods to identify molecules involved in the formation and maintenance of proper synaptic connections. Synaptic function is impaired in a variety of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. A more comprehensive understanding of how synapses normally form could help determine causes of these disorders.