Dr. Ralph Nixon's Lab

Dr. Nixon's lab focuses on two of these vulnerabilities: (1) the bidirectional sorting and delivery of organelles and proteins back and forth from synapses, which is important for signaling and synaptic activity, and (2) the regulation of protein turnover.   Because neurons cannot divide yet must remain plastic throughout life, neurons rely heavily on mechanisms to recycle proteins and organelles that become obsolete or damaged, a need that increases with age. 

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