James J. Mancuso, Ph.D.
Instructor and Research Associate
B.S. Louisiana State University (Biochemistry and Microbiology)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Synaptic Circuitry, Duke-NUS Singapore
During his graduate work in Ted Wensel’s lab at Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Mancuso applied protein biochemistry, optical imaging, and patch clamp electrophysiology to study neuronal signaling pathways associated with Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and drug addiction. Upon completion of his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Mancuso did a two year postdoctoral fellowship in George Augustine’s lab at Duke-NUS in Singapore studying neuronal physiology and network connectivity using single and two-photon activation of optogenetic effectors and traditional electrophysiology. In September 2011 he joined the Chao Center for BRAIN and the Department of Systems Medicine and Bioinformatics in the Neuroscience Imaging and Electrophysiology lab. He is currently collaborating with a number of other researchers to find effective treatments for a variety of devastating neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr. Mancuso’s research program is exploring the way that neurodegenerative diseases cause anatomical and physiological changes in the connections between specific types of cells in the brain in order to identify more precise targets for treatment. Current work is utilizing intravital two-photon imaging of brain function, optogenetics, and patch clamp electrophysiology to tackle neurodegeneration on a systems neuroscience level with single-cell resolution.
Neurodegeneration, two-photon, optogenetics, intravital microscopy, synapse
Mancuso JJ, Kim J, Lee S, Tsuda S, Chow NB, Augustine GJ. Optogenetic probing of functional brain circuitry. Exp Physiol. 2011 Jan;96(1):26-33.
Mancuso JJ, Qian Y, Long C, Wu GY, Wensel TG. Distribution of RGS9-2 in neurons of the mouse striatum. J Neurochem. 2010 Feb;112(3):651-61.
Mancuso JJ, Larson AM, Wensel TG, Saggau P. Multiphoton adaptation of a commercial low-cost confocal microscope for live tissue imaging. J Biomed Opt. 2009 May-Jun;14(3):034048.