Linnaea Ostroff

Assistant Professor & Faculty Director of Bioscience EM Lab

Education: BA, Wellesley College; PhD, Boston University

Website: Ostroff Lab

Research Summary: The lab is interested in how synaptic changes mediate learning and memory, and particularly in how animals learn to differentiate between safety and danger.  Memories of safety can suppress fear, anxiety, and stress responses, and understanding how they are encoded at the cellular level can shed light on the pathophysiology of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.  We use serial section electron microscopy reconstructions to study changes in synaptic connectivity, along with immuno-electron microscopy, behavioral pharmacology, and viral vector based neuroanatomical tracing.

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