Susan Walling

Ph.D. Memorial

Assistant Professor

Office: SN1053
Phone: (709) 864-2323
Email: sgwalling@mun.ca
Affiliations: Behavioural Neuroscience

Research Interests

My research interests are focused largely on the function of the primary norepinephrine containing nucleus, the locus coeruleus (LC), located in mammalian brainstem. Although this nucleus is small, it has the capacity to modulate brain plasticity, memory, and complex cognitive processes. Recent evidence also strongly suggests that the pathological changes underlying Alzheimer’s disease are first initiated by abnormal LC function, which may develop as early as young adulthood. Our work examines LC modulation of temporal lobe (entorhinal cortex and hippocampus) function, and additionally we are working with a small team of MUN researchers to develop a novel LC-dependent rodent model of Alzheimer’s disease. Examples of research techniques used in the lab include electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, viral vector technology, optogenetics, and electrochemistry.

Contact

Psychology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000