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The Public Talk Series’ 3rd Annual GVR Khodadad Endowed Lecture is open to the University and external community. Visit neuroethics.upenn.edu for additional information. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Due to limited seating, please rsvp to: info@neuroethics.upenn.edu

Susan Dymecki, MD, PhD studies the serotonin system, which plays a central role in such disparate functions as sleep, arousal, homeostasis, pain, mood and sociality. By using a mouse model she is able to apply powerful experimental techniques including genetic, embryological and molecular methods to understanding the development and functioning of serotonergic neurons in a mammalian brain. In this talk she will focus on recent discoveries concerning the role of a certain subtype of serotonergic neuron in social behavior.

Dr. Dymecki is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. She earned her MD/PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. A brief video introduction to her work can be viewed here.