Leonardo Belluscio, PhD

Leonardo Belluscio, PhD

Dr. Belluscio received his Ph.D. from Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Axel. His graduate work focused on determining the molecular organization and signal transduction mechanisms of the main olfactory system using mice as a model. He then performed Post-doctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Larry Katz at Duke University where he used a combination of imaging and electrophysiology to study the functional organization of the olfactory bulb. He is now a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health where he is Chief of the Developmental Neural Plasticity Section.  His group utilizes a range of techniques to study plasticity and regeneration as it occurs within the olfactory system during the formation, refinement and maintenance of its neural connections. These studies seek to uncover the full potential of neural circuits to reorganize and to understand the factors that control neuronal regeneration. The ultimate goal is to use this information to facilitate the repair or restoration of damaged circuits in the adult brain.