Joel Geerling, MD, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

Student Mentee(s): Chidera J A Mitchell

We use neuroanatomical techniques to explore the structure and connections of the brain. Many of the areas we study have intermingled subpopulations of neurons with different genetic identities, markers, and connections. We use in situ hybridization, immunolabeling, and developmental fate-mapping approaches to label genes and proteins that identify distinct subpopulations of neurons.

Using these and other approaches, our goal is to identify and understand specific neural circuits controlling specific life-sustaining functions — particularly those circuits that sustain heavy damage in a variety of neurologic/neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and hydrocephalus.