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Tiriac, Alexandre, Department of Biological Sciences

Alexandre Tiriac, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
V8270B Medical Research Building III
615-343-7954 (office)

During development, neurons create, refine, and ultimately establish a network of circuits that enable complex behaviors. This process relies on patterned spontaneous activity, which is most prevalent early in development and typically dissipates by the onset of environmentally evoked sensory activity. Crucially, disrupted spontaneous activity during development can result in permanent neural circuit defects, potentially contributing to numerous neurodevelopmental disorders. The Tiriac laboratory thus aims to understand how spontaneous activity across distinct modalities mediates the development of sensory and motor systems that organisms use to engage with their surroundings.

For more information, please visit the lab website.