Dr Kerrie Thomas
Using contemporary techniques ranging from the genome-wide analysis of gene expression to the post-transcriptional gene silencing, my lab probes the molecular substrates of long-term memory.
Focusing on hippocampal-dependent fear memory, we are particularly interested in understanding the cellular and neural processes supporting the formation of new memories and those supporting the maintenance of the memories after recall.
The post-retrieval processes are not a simple recapitulation of those engaged during the consolidation of the original memory.
This research will contribute to knowledge of how the brain encodes behaviorally relevant information and how it is refined by experience.
This knowledge is of vital importance for understanding the basis of disorders of memory and psychiatric conditions in humans.