Donald S. Dwyer, Ph.D

Donald S. Dwyer, Ph.D

Professor

Department of Psychiatry
Adjunct, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, & Neuroscience

The Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience is focused on the intersection of genes, molecules and behavior. We study how mutations in genes produce alterations that mimic behavioral aspects of Parkinson’s disease and eating disorders, respectively. The laboratory offers molecular and behavioral techniques, including molecular modeling and drug discovery. 
  • Investigate protophenotypes of schizophrenia in C. elegans, including counterparts of the startle response, social behavior, and avolition 
  • Characterize the effects of mutations in C. elegans that regulate foraging/appetite and movement
  • Determine the molecular mechanisms of novel neuroprotective drugs/compounds