Gavin Rumbaugh

My laboratory is devoted to the understanding of how synaptic plasticity mechanisms contribute to memory and cognition. In particular, we are interested in applying cutting edge technology to neurons both in situ and in vivo, which then enable the study of synapse structure and function from a mechanistic perspective at various stages of development. We believe that understanding dysfunction of molecular mechanisms within dendritic spines that control the maturation of synapses will unlock the mysteries of cognitive and social abnormalities.

Primary Research Areas

  • Neurotransmitter and Neurotrophin
  • Receptors and Cell Signaling
  • Learning, Memory, and Synaptic PlasticityIon Channels and Synaptic Function

Honors and Awards

  • 2009-2011 Faculty Research Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)
  • 2009 Young Investigator Award, NARSAD 2006Alabama Health Sciences Foundation Scholar
  • 200 2National Research Scholar Award (NRSA: F32 NS043071-03; NINDS)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012-Present Associate Professor - Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL
  • 2009-2012 Assistant Professor - Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL
  • 2006-2009 Adjunct Assistant Professor - Department of Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • 2000-2006 Postdoctoral Fellowship - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Neuroscience/Synaptic Physiology
  • 1996-2000 Ph.D - Georgetown University School of Medicine Biophysics/Neuroscience
  • 1992-1996 Undergraduate - Westminster College Biology