Dr. Robert Heuckeroth will be visiting us on June 8th, 2018.   He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Heuckeroth’s group  is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control enteric nervous system development. This work involves a combination of molecular biology, genetics, live cell imaging, primary cell culture, epidemiology, physiology, biochemistry, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Since the enteric nervous system is derived from actively migrating, proliferating and differentiating neural crest cells, we have broad interests in the complex processes that govern normal and abnormal development with the long term goal of finding new ways to prevent birth defects and to repair damaged organs.

See his work here.

Join us on June 8, 2018. Time and Location TBA.


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In late 2014, Duke University scientists Dave D’Alessio, Rodger Liddle, and Diego Bohórquez got together to share data and to talk gut-brain science. Little did they know, this meeting would give birth to GASTRoNAUTS – a focused group of researchers passionate about gut-brain matters.

We are endocrinologists, engineers, gastroenterologists, immunologists, microbiologists, neurologists, neurobiologists, neuroengineers, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, patients, and above all we care about gut-brain matters. From food to mood, we are always thinking about how to tap into the gut to improve human health and the world we live in.

Our mantra is where the gut meets the brain. Do you like this intersection? Cheer us on. Would you like to accelerate our research? Funding is the way. Should you find yourself resonating with our mantra, join us. Together we can create knowledge that may enable us to treat the brain from the gut.


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