Thomas J. Papouin, PhD


Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

The overarching goal of our lab is to understand the role played by astrocytes, a type of glial cells, in brain computation, at the molecular scale, circuit level, all the way to behavior. We investigate how neuromodulation shapes neuron-astrocyte interactions and helps reconfigure neuronal circuits in a brain state-dependent manner. Our line of research is also inherently relevant to several brain disorders and we are interested in elucidating the role that astrocytes might play in neuropsychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.