Current experimental work in the laboratory focuses on four areas: (a) Understanding the coupling between the physiological and anatomical changes responsible for neuronal plasticity. (b) Understanding the cellular mechanisms of activity-dependent cortical plasticity, primarily through the use of transgenic mice. (c) Understanding the interaction between neural activity and molecular cues in the formation of cortical maps. (d) Understanding the difference between the limited plasticity in the adult brain and the much greater plasticity during critical periods in early life.
Michael Stryker earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Mathematics from Deep Springs College and the University of Michigan before pursuing a PhD from Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He completed subsequent postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School before joining the Physiology Department and Neuroscience program at UCSF.
Dr. Stryker holds the W.F. Ganong Endowed Chair of Physiology and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the US National Academy of Sciences.
Yujiao (Jennifer) Sun, Postdoctoral Fellow