School of Medical Sciences

Synaptic Function Research Group

Principal investigator

Research interests

Welcome to the Synaptic Function Research Group at the University of Auckland. Our primary research focus is in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that guide the formation, maintenance, plasticity and elimination of excitatory synapses in the vertebrate central nervous system. We combine electrophysiological, molecular biology and imaging techniques to investigate the function of specific synaptic proteins, the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity, and how changes in synapse function or strength could manifest into network changes and disease.


Use the links below to view movies of intracellular trafficking of tagged neuronal proteins imaged using the new Live Cell Imaging Facility.

Dynamic ER vesicles in dendrites
Dynamic NMDA receptors travelling in vesicles in dendrites
NMDA receptors travelling with SAP102 in dentrites