About the Lab

The Costa-Mattioli Lab’s primary aim is to understand the neurobiological basis of long-term memory formation. We seek to understand what happens in the brain when a memory is formed and more specifically how a labile short-term memory becomes a stable long-term memory. Disorders of learning and memory can strike the brain of individuals during development for example autism spectrum disorder or down syndrome, as well as during adulthood Alzheimer’s disease. We are also interested in understanding the specific circuits and/or molecular pathways that are primarily targeted in cognitive disorders and how they can be restored.

To tackle these questions, we use a multidisciplinary, convergent and cross-species approach that combines mouse and fly genetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, imaging, stem cell biology, optogenetics and behavioral techniques.