Jaewon Ko is interested in how synapses form and function during development and in adulthood. His work focuses on (1) the role of synaptic cell-adhesion molecules in shaping synapse properties, (2) pre- and postsynaptic mechanisms of synaptic development, and (3) impairments in synapse formation and function in neuropsychiatric disorders. To address these questions, the Ko laboratory employs multiple, interdisciplinary approaches ranging from biochemical and biophysical studies to physiological and behavioral analyses of mutant mice deficient in key synaptic adhesion molecules and their associated proteins. The Ko laboratory is currently working on problems related to social cognitive processes at synaptic and circuit levels.
Advisor Professor : Ko, Jaewon Laboratory of Synapse Formation and Function