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George Bittner
Professor in Neuroscience

Email: bittner@austin.utexas.edu
Website
Main Office: PAT 321
Phone: 512-923-3735

Alternate Office: PAT 315
Alt. Phone: 512-471-6971

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Section of Neurobiolgy
1 University Station C0920
Austin ,TX 78712-1095

George Bittner


Research Summary

We research cellular/molecular mechanisms of plasmalemmal repair and nerve regeneration. That is, we examine various biophysical, biochemical, or molecular mechanisms by which lesioned neurons repair lesions to their plasmalemma and regenerate axons. We are particularly interested in the role of calcium and axonal proteins in plasmalemmal repair and how such plasmlemmal repair relates to axonal regeneration. we are also interested in how polyethylene glycol (PEG) can be used to repair severed axons so that axonal continuity and function can be permanently repaired within minutes after applying PEG to rejoin severed axons. We also explore and define biochemical pathways by which neurons repair plasmalemmal damage.

 

 

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