CUNY TV recently came to meet the mole-rats.
Dan McCloskey is an associate professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) where he is a member of the Center for Developmental Neuroscience. He holds doctoral appointments at the CUNY Graduate Center in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. Dr. McCloskey received his PhD in Biological Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2003. He uses a combination of computationally-intensive approaches to study animal behavior, quantitative neuroanatomy, and single cell and network level electrophysiology.
PhD in Integrative Neuroscience, 2003
Stony Brook University
BA in Psychology, 1997
SUNY College at Oswego
Behavioral Neuroscience, Evolutionary Biology, Environmental and Social Influences on Brain and Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, Brain Evolution
Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental and Structural Brain Development leading to disorders., Environmental and Social Influences on Brain and Behavior
Developmental, Molecular, Behavioral, & Social Neurosciences, Electrophysiology, Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders
Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuron Mophometry, Animal Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience, Epilepsy, Animal Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Neuropsychology
Animal Behavior, Neurodevelopmental disabilities, Tumor supressor markers, Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral Neuroscience, Functional Neuroimaging, Brain Injuries, Autism Spectrum Disorder
Animal welfare, Infectious Disease (high- consequence pathogens), Regulatory medicine, Health Science Policy
Zions et al. show a dependence of captive naked mole-rats on elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) in the colony nest to avoid seizure. They also show a species-specific mutation of the neuronal potassium chloride cotransporter 2 (KCC2), compromising neuronal Cl- extrusion. Evolution may have favored selection of this energy-saving mutation, which is masked by the anticonvulsant properties of CO2.