In my research, I utilize modern, state-of-the-art electrophysiological, patchclamp, time-lapse video and fluorescence imaging, cell culture and molecular biological techniques.

My prime interest is in the cellular and molecular basis of rhythm generation and specific synapse formation. I specifically study the intrinsic and network properties of various neuronal ensembles which underlie rhythmic behaviours between the identified Lymnaea neurons such as locomotion and respiration. I am also interested in investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system development and plasticity. My research program is directed towards determining how neurons find their path en route towards their targets and form specific synaptic connections with other neurons, and how their morphology and physiology is modified by injury or environmental stress. Finding answers to these questions is fundamental if we are to fully understand nervous system functions.

One of our electrophysiology recording rooms

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Members of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology conduct exciting, leading edge research, are well funded by international, national and provincial agencies and publish extensively in the very best journals. We invite potential graduate students and postdocs to give Calgary careful consideration. Not only do we offer excellent training opportunities for young scientists, but the natural beauty surrounding Calgary is breathtaking, providing year-round recreational opportunities.

Extraordinary science in an extraordinary location!


Naweed Syed , Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Two isolated neurons forming synapses in vitro