This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. The Mauer group is interested in using chemical methods to understand problems in neurobiology and development, as well as exploiting neurobiology to construct biosensors. In general, answers to the biological questions addressed by the group are not accessible using traditional biological techniques. As a result, the group makes use of chemical approaches and a variety of tools to gain new insights into complex biological problems. The tools we use to address these problems include synthetic organic chemistry, surface chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. The Mauer group is specifically interested in Ion-Channel Biosensors, Neuronal Differentiation, and Neuronal Wiring and Development. Human brains consist of an enormous number of neurons that interact with each other in very specific and complex ways to give rise to human thought and function. Neurons within this network are guided to make specific connections through a variety of chemical signals that include small molecules, soluble proteins, and proteins presented on the surface of other cells. The Mauer lab is interested in developing minimal models to understand neuronal guidance by spatially patterning guidance cues. Patterning is achieved through the creation of photopatternable self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold, aluminum oxide, and titanium oxide. The use of organic photochemistry allows multiple proteins to be easily presented on a single culture surface. Our chemical approach to this problem allows construction of complex model neuronal networks that cannot be achieved using traditional methods.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR000954-34
Application #
8361383
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-01-01
Project End
2011-12-31
Budget Start
2011-01-01
Budget End
2011-12-31
Support Year
34
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$1,132
Indirect Cost
Name
Washington University
Department
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
068552207
City
Saint Louis
State
MO
Country
United States
Zip Code
63130
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