Research Interest: Underlying Neurobiology of Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Throughout her research career, Dr. Molly Foote has been interested in the development and validation of animal models to study the genes, pathways and biomarkers related to neurological disorders. Dr. Molly Foote’s research experience (including postdoctoral work at UC Davis) includes:

  • Investigating the underlying disease mechanism of neurodevelopmental Disorders, such as schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Fragile X Syndrome
  • Understanding disease progression and intervention of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) and Parkinson’s disease
  • Developing and standardizing of the assessment of rodent behavior for the validation of novel human disease animal models
  • Utilizing immunohistochemistry and microscopy techniques to identify synaptic and gross neuroanatomical alterations implicated in various neurological diseases


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