Matt has a long-standing interest in how the brain becomes wired during development, and how errors in these processes result in behavioral dysfunction later in life. Matt was an undergrad at Brown where he studied with Mark Bear and Kim Huber. He completed his MD/PhD at Penn with Matthew Dalva, focusing on mammalian synaptogenesis. During a residency in Psychiatry at Penn, Matt worked with Josep Dalmau on a newly-discovered synaptic autoimmune disorder with prominent psychiatric symptoms. Towards the end of residency, he began a postdoc with Amita Sehgal, using Drosophila to examine how neural circuits give rise to complex behaviors, with a particular interest in sleep and brain function. Matt's work provides new insights into the role of sleep in brain development, which is the primary focus of the lab.
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