"Off with their heads: neural regeneration in the planarian flatworm," Rachel Roberts-Galbraith, Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology.
Neural development involves the astonishing and coordinated creation of diverse cell types, in the correct places and with the correct connections. Functional neural regeneration recapitulates many of the same events—neurogenesis, cellular diversification, restoration of circuitry and pattern—with precision and outside of the normal developmental context. Though still in the realm of fantasy for humans, many animals undergo full, functional neural regeneration. Our laboratory studies freshwater flatworms called planarians to understand brain regeneration, with hopes that our exploration would reveal concepts or even molecules that will inspire neural treatments for human disease and injury. Current directions for our laboratory include identification and characterization of signaling pathways that regulate regeneration; elucidation of glial roles in neural repair and behavior; and exploring a novel role for the nervous system in regulating regeneration.
Wednesday, March 6 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences, S175
500 D. W Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30605