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Tufts University School of Medicine

Leon Reijmers

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Neuroscience
Laboratory: Stearns 324

Leon Reijmers

Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Department: Neuroscience
Programs: Neuroscience
Laboratory: Stearns 324

Phone 617-636-0301
Lab phone: 617-636-3478
Office: Stearns 328B
Campus: Boston

Education

  • BSc, Biology, Utrecht University
  • PhD, Neuroscience, Utrecht University
  • Postdoctoral Training, Scripps Research Institute

Research synopsis

Our laboratory studies how neurons store a memory. Transgenic mice are used to tag neurons that are activated during memory encoding. The tag can be used to image, analyze and manipulate these neurons. Imaging tagged neurons in various brain regions provides important information on how circuits of neurons support memory storage and erasure. Tagged neurons can be analyzed for changes in gene expression, thereby elucidating molecular mechanisms of memory storage. Selective manipulation of tagged neurons can be used to control behavioral expression of a memory.