Scholar Profile

Peter R. Scheiffele

Professor
Cell and Developmental Neurobiology
Biozentrum, Room 276A
University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 50/70, Switzerland CH - 4056
Voice: +41 61 267 21 94
Email: peter.scheiffele@unibas.ch
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2002 Searle Scholar

Research Interests

Molecular Basis for Synapse Formation in the CNS


We are interested in the basic cell-biological mechanisms that lead to the formation of the pre- and post- synaptic membrane specializations in the central nervous system. Furthermore, we are studying signaling events that regulate synaptogenesis and thereby generate specific neuronal circuits during development.

We are using the mouse cerebellum as a model system. Our experimental approach is a combination of cell-based in vitro assays, functional imaging, biochemistry, and gene expression profiling to dissect the molecular machinery and to isolate novel proteins with a function in synapse formation.