Graduate Studies Faculty
Eric Schnell, M.D., Ph.D.
Programs:Neuroscience Graduate Program
Preceptor RotationsAcademic Term Available Winter 2014 Maybe Spring 2014 Maybe
Faculty MentorshipDr. Schnell might be available as a mentor for 2013-2014. Dr. Schnell might be available as a mentor for 2014-2015.
Dr. Schnell’s main research interest is to understand how synapses between neurons in the central nervous system are formed, maintained, and regulated, with the eventual goal of using these insights to develop therapeutic strategies for neurologic disease. His recent work focuses on the study of adult neurogenesis, which is the generation of new neurons in the adult brain. This process is an important aspect of recovery from acute neurologic injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ischemic stroke. As these newborn neurons must be integrated into existing neuronal circuits in order to contribute to information processing, an understanding of how synapse formation onto these cells is regulated and modulated will have profound clinical implications. Dr. Schnell is interested in understanding how post-injury medical care influences the magnitude and efficacy of post-injury neurogenesis, with the goal of preserving and possibly enhancing the beneficial contributions that these cells make to functional recovery.