New Jackson researcher explores how neurons communicate

Date: April 19, 2010
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Bar Harbor, Maine -- Da-Ting Lin, Ph.D., who studies the intricate processes that enable neurons to communicate in the brain, is joining The Jackson Laboratory faculty as an assistant professor.

Lin's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms that regulate changes in the strength of the connections, or synapses, between neurons. He combines cutting-edge imaging techniques with molecular, cellular and electrophysiological methods, an approach that could provide new insights into learning, memory and the reward mechanisms in the brain involved in drug addiction.

Lin earned his Ph.D. in 2002 in optical imaging and cell biology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, working in the laboratory of James D. Lechleiter in the department of cellular and structural biology, where he remained as a postdoctoral fellow.

He will join The Jackson Laboratory in June from The Johns Hopkins University, after completing his current postdoctoral fellowship in Richard L. Huganir's laboratory in the department of neuroscience. He has co-authored nine publications (four as first author) in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Neuroscience and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lin's appointment marks additional progress in The Jackson Laboratory's research expansion, with the number of research groups -- principal investigators and their research teams -- is projected to grow to 45.

The Jackson Laboratory is a nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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