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Colin Saldanha

Professor and Department Chair, Biology
Department of Biology

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, Neuroscience Program
    Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Hormones are profound modulators of brain structure and function; with influences that span the lifetime of an organism. The muti-faceted and pluripotent neural effects of steroids require that a specific hormone be delivered to the right target at precisely the right time. Members of my laboratory and I are curious as to how this process occurs. We have discovered that estrogen is synthesized in synaptic boutons and in astroglia (a type of non-neuronal cell in the brain). This compartment- and cell-specific hormone provision may be responsible for the effects of estrogen on learning, memory, neural degeneration and perhaps neuroprotection and repair.
  • Degrees

    Postdoc, Brain Research Institute - UCLA School of Medicine
    PhD, Biopsychology, Columbia University
    MPhil, Biopsychology, Columbia University
    MA, Biopsychology, Columbia University
    BA, Biology & Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College
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Teaching

  • Spring 2015

    • BIO-596 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
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Area of Expertise: Neuroendocrinology; neuroscience; neuroplasticity

Additional Information: Carl Saldanha's research focuses on neuroendocrinology, neuroscience, and neuroplasticity and how hormones interact. Hormones are profound modulators of brain structure and function, with influences that span the lifetime of an organism. The mutifaceted and pluripotent neural effects of steroids require that a specific hormone be delivered to the right target at precisely the right time. Saldanha and his team are curious as to how this process occurs. They have discovered that estrogen is synthesized in synaptic boutons and in astroglia (a type of non-neuronal cell in the brain). This compartment- and cell-specific hormone provision may be responsible for the effects of estrogen on learning, memory, neural degeneration, and perhaps neuroprotection and repair.
 

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