Lucas Cheadle, PhD

2019 K99/R00 Awardee
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Assistant Professor

Originally from rural Oklahoma, Dr. Lucas Cheadle graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City before attending Smith College in western Massachusetts. Lucas obtained his Bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Neuroscience from Smith in 2005 and became a research assistant at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale University for his doctoral training in 2008. At Yale, Lucas applied cellular and molecular strategies to identify and characterize novel signaling pathways that promote synapse formation in developing neurons. After receiving his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale in 2013, Lucas joined the lab of Dr. Michael E. Greenberg at Harvard Medical School where he adopted the developing visual system as an experimental paradigm to study the roles of sensory experience in shaping brain circuits in vivo. His BRAIN Initiative project is aimed at understanding a novel microglia-to-neuron signaling pathway that is responsible for synaptic refinement of neuronal connections. Lucas is now an Assistant Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) and is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in southern Oklahoma.

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