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Ellie Heckscher - Graduate Student

Program in Cell Biology

Synaptic boutons are presynaptic varicosities that envelope the machinery that releases neurotransmitter onto the postsynaptic cell. Virtually all synapses are defined by a synaptic bouton including en passent boutons in the central nervous system or end-terminal boutons at the neuromuscular junction. I am working to understand the signaling mechanisms that generate presynaptic varicosities and that control the growth of the synapse.

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