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Benjamin Arenkiel, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Houston, TX United States

Benjamin Arenkiel, PhD, is a neuroscientist and Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He obtained his PhD in genetics at the University of Utah in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Mario Capecchi and furthered his training in the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Katz as a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. The overarching goal of his research is to investigate how brain circuits are established, maintained, and function in the central nervous system, with a particular focus on the olfactory system. To this end, his team undertakes multifaceted experimentation that utilizes viral circuit tracing, optogenetic and chemical genetic activity manipulations, imaging, electrophysiology, sequencing, and genetic engineering methods in the mouse. In addition to running an innovative and successful research program, Dr. Arenkiel is also dedicated to providing a strong training environment to future scientists.

Associated Grants

  • Olfactory Circuits: Alpha-Synuclein-Rich Neurons Respond to Environmental Triggers at the Origin of Parkinson’s Disease


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