In this episode of A Moment with Dalton, we talk with Pantelis Tsoulfas, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Cell Biology & Anatomy and The Miami Project. Dr. Tsoulfas and his team are working on the development of the nervous system, neurotrophin signaling in neural cells and repair of the central nervous system after spinal cord injury. He talks with Dr. Dietrich about how his lab is using viruses to understand the growth and signaling of nerves in the spinal cord after spinal cord injury. Dr. Tsoulfas also discusses using 3-D technology to more accurately measure neuronal growth. Follow the link to watch the entire interview.
Dr. Tsoulfas’ research centers on the development of the nervous system, neurotrophin signaling in neural cells and repair of the CNS after spinal cord injury.
For the development of the nervous system, his lab strives to understand how mitogenic factors influence cell numbers and how cell fates are linked to specific transcriptional networks. Live fluorescent imaging techniques are used to study neurotrophin signaling.
For spinal cord injury repair strategies, Dr. Tsoulfas and his lab utilizes modified neurotrophins and grafting of CNS derived cells. Several approaches are integrated, including Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Imaging techniques.