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Wang receives grant to study auditory neurons

Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Yuan Wang received $12,695 from the Northwestern University Knowles Foundation to study the "Structure and Function of Low Frequency Neurons in the Avian Cochlear Nucleus." These are auditory neurons located in the brainstem.

"My research interests are brain development and regulation," reads Wang's faculty profile. "We are particularly interested in roles of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) in developing auditory circuits for sound localization and scene analyses. Loss of FMRP results in abnormal neurons in the brain and the fragile X syndrome, the leading known genetic cause of autism. We apply genetic, molecular, and cellular approaches to investigate neuronal structure and function in normal and abnormal brains."