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Robert C. Malenka

Robert C. Malenka, MD, PhD

Dr. Malenka's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which neurons communicate and the adaptations in synaptic communication that underlie all forms of normal and pathological behavior. He was trained as both a clinical psychiatrist and cellular neurobiologist and has been at the forefront of helping to apply the knowledge gained from basic neuroscience research to the treatment and prevention of major neuropsychiatric disorders. He uses a combination of electrophysiological, molecular, and cell biological approaches to define the specific molecular events that underlie various forms of synaptic plasticity and applies this knowledge to help elucidate how these events are modified during disease states such as addiction.


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