The goal of the Lomvardas Lab's research is to understand the molecular mechanisms that give rise to the incredible diversity of cell types that characterize the mammalian nervous system. By studying the olfactory system and the biomolecular mechanisms that regulate olfactory receptor gene choice, we hope to better understand not just the processes that allow us to smell on a molecular level, but the incredible neural and molecular mechanisms underlying the brain more generally. By studying gene regulation, our lab's research could have profound implications throughout the entire nervous system. By understanding how genes are organized, clustered, and activated, we hope to uncover not just how the brain works—but why it sometimes doesn't.
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Slide 1: Newton!
Slide 2: an English cream golden retriever at the doorway of the lab, in front of a crowd
Slide 3: an Italian greyhound meets two of the graduate students in lab