Jasmin Lalonde

Portrait of Jasmin Lalonde

Email: 
jlalon07@uoguelph.ca
Summary: 

Research in my laboratory aims to identify and characterize new molecular factors and cellular mechanisms implicated in neuronal development and plasticity, which in turn will help reveal important new details about the pathophysiology of different brain disorders and identify potential targets for improved pharmacological treatments.

Program

About my research…

The growth of neuronal cells and their organization into functional circuits is a tightly controlled process that follows a series of well-defined steps. Our research aims to identify new molecules and mechanisms that participate in the development and/or plasticity of neurons using a multidisciplinary approach that combines primary neuron cultures, genetic perturbations, calcium and live-cell imaging, confocal microscopy, gene expression profiling, proteomic techniques, as well as patient-derived models of neurodevelopmental disorders.

How my Research Improves Life…

The brain is vulnerable to many impairments that can strike at every stage of life. Debilitating conditions like schizophrenia, autism, depression, and Alzheimer’s impose a massive burden on society due to their prevalence and associated healthcare costs. Research in my laboratory aims to identify and characterize new molecular factors and cellular mechanisms implicated in neuronal development and plasticity, which in turn will help reveal important new details about the pathophysiology of different brain disorders and identify potential targets for improved pharmacological treatments.