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Neural circuits are not hard-wired but modified throughout life based on experiences. When the delicate balance of plasticity is lost, the consequences may result in various disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Schizophrenia. The Marik lab at Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences aims to understand how disruption of key synaptic proteins impact neural circuits and ultimately behavior, using a variety of techniques including molecular biology, microscopy, optogenetics, social behaviors, learning and memory tasks. Our research will provide better understanding of how mutations in synaptic proteins impact complex behaviors and lead to novel therapeutics to alleviate disruptions in neural plasticity.

Latest Posts

02/23/2020 Kristie Oluyemi and Marcela Maxi present their research at 2020 NEURON Conference at Quinnipiac University

05/14/2020 - Adonis Miliano and Dr. Marik were inducted into the Dyson Society of Fellows.

03/07/2020 - C. Marcela Maxi was awarded Outstanding Science Poster at the Dyson Society of Fellow 2020 Annual Meeting.

09/01/2020 Dr. Marik and colleagues were awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant to purchase an automated high-resolution fluorescence imaging system.

05/08/2019 - Congratulations to Marcela Maxi for winning best poster presentation at Pace University's Science Day.

04/05/2019 - Unnikrishnan Nair presents behavioral research at Mid-Atlantic Regional Zebrafish meeting in Baltimore, MD.

11/14/2018 - Kristie Oluyemi receives Pforzheimer Honors College Research Grant.

Adonis Miliano is awarded the Provost’s 2018-2019 Student-Faculty Research Program.

05/03/2018 - Congratulations to Unnikrishnan Nair for winning the first place Science Day Poster Prize at Pace University.

03/26/2018 - Dr. Marik is awarded a Dyson 2018 Faculty Summer Research Grant

March 2018 - Dr. Marik wins the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience FUN ELP Award!