Dr. Susan Dymecki

Dr. Susan Dymecki
Department of Genetics
Harvard Medical School
New Research Building, Room 358d
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 432-7618
Fax: (617) 432-7595
Email: HMS Genetics Directory
The step-by-step differentiation of embryonic cells into different types of neurons lays the foundation for our sensory responses, motor commands, and cognitive behaviors. Using genetic, embryological, and molecular methods, our research explores such differentiation programs in mammals, focusing on the development and function of: the brainstem precerebellar system (with its central role in movement control and sensorimotor transformations), the serotonergic system (with its involvement in such disparate functions as sleep, arousal, homeostasis, pain, and depression), and the choroid plexus (as an organizing/patterning center during embryogenesis and as the source of cerebral spinal fluid).