Dr. SOPHIE SKARLATOU
 
 
First Name
SOPHIE
Last Name
SKARLATOU
University/Institution
University of California Los Angeles
Email ID
sskarlatou@mednet.ucla.edu
City
Los Angeles
Country
United States
State
California
Zip code
90024
Department
Ophthalmology
Area of Research
Neuroscience
Area of Expertise
Development of Neural Circuits
Brief Description of Research Interest:
 

I am a developmental neuroscientist with a strong interest in understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of neural circuits assembly and function. During my PhD in Dr. Niccolò Zampieri's lab at the Max-Delbrück-Centrum in Berlin, I studied the spinal locomotor circuits that control limb movements using mouse genetics, viral and anatomical tracing techniques as well as behavioral assays, and uncovered four interneuron subtypes with roles in left-right limb coordination. Building on my expertise in circuits development, I am currently working on retinal networks in Dr. Yi-Rong Peng's lab at the University of California Los Angeles, exploiting state-of-the-art omic tools in order to elucidate genetic programs that define cell-type specification and connectivity.

 
Representative Publications:
 


Ronzano, R.*, Skarlatou, S.*, Bannatyne, B.A.*, Bhumbra, G.S.*, Foster, J.D., Lancelin, C., Pocratsky, A., et al., On the distribution of spinal interneurons., bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/2021.02.10.430608

*Equal contribution


Skarlatou, S., Hérent, C., Toscano, E., Mendes, C.S., Bouvier, J., Zampieri, N., Afadin Signaling at the Spinal Neuroepithelium Regulates Central Canal Formation and Gait Selection., Cell Reports31, 1 - 14, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107741