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Nace Golding
Associate Professor in Neuroscience
Director, Institute for Neuroscience

Main Office: NHB 3.348
Phone: 232-4888

Alternate Office: NHB 3.330
Alt. Phone: 232-4889

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station C7000
Austin ,TX 78712

Nace Golding

Research Summary

Neuronal dendrites are elaborate, tree-like structures that receive up to thousands of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic connections. The morphology and electrical properties of the dendrites strongly influence the way in which synaptic activity sums together and is ultimately translated into new patterns of action potential firing in the axon. This translation process, called dendritic integration, is the fundamental means by which neurons regulate what synaptic information is communicated to the neuron's network targets. My research focuses on identifying the mechanisms by which dendrites shape synaptic activity and action potential firing, as well as understanding how these mechanisms contribute to the neuron's functional role. An additional focus is on how dendritic properties influence changes in synaptic strength that, in turn, underlie some forms of learning and memory.



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