Andrew Schultz

Credentials: Neuroscience

Position title: PhD student


Wisconsin Institute of Medical Research (WIMR), Rm 3418-16

MSc 2021, Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
BS 2016, Biology & Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, USA

Throughout the brain, distinct forms of information processing by neural circuits are supported by precise spatiotemporal control of synaptic glutamate receptors. In the mammalian retina, retinal output neurons—the retinal ganglion cells (RGC)—are mechanistically poised to detect certain features of the visual environment, and it is thought that different patterns of NMDA receptor expression may account for such specializations in visual function amongst different RGC subtypes. Andrew is leveraging patch clamp electrophysiology, receptor pharmacology, imaging, and transgenics to determine how NMDA receptors shape circuit- and cell type-specific visual computations in the retina. Prior to coming to UW-Madison, Andrew received a master’s degree in neuroscience at McGill University, where he studied how NMDA receptors contribute to visual system development in Xenopus laevis.