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Dr. Paul Sheppard
Discovery (Biological & Genetic Mechanisms)
My current research interests focus around astrocytes and cognition. These non-neuronal cells, best known for their roles in metabolism, structural support, and glutamate recycling, have been historically understudied. Recently, evidence has suggested they are involved in myriad behaviours and cognitive processes. My particular interests in this area are in the encoding processes of memory formation.
Previous to this, my research has focused on sex differences and sex hormones in learning and memory and the underlying mechanisms therein.