The Jorgensen laboratory studies the molecular basis of synaptic transmission, focusing on the mechanisms of synaptic vesicle fusion and synaptic strength. Other research projects include studies of neuroendocrine secretion, specifically, the modulaton of behavioral states caused by changes in the environment, such as the presence of food or mates. Another goal is to understand the neuronal circuits that give rise to behaviors, particularly the generation of rhythmic behavior. Other research groups in the laboratory are studying transposons in the worm, as well as double-strand break repair of DNA.


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