Conte Center

Vanderbilt / NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research

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Vanderbilt University
465 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
615-936-1898
For more information,
please contact Denise Malone.



Conte Core Management

The Conte Center for Neuroscience Research has four Cores providing administrative and experimental support to the Investigators.

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Paul Gresch, Ph.D., Bioanalytical Core

Paul Gresch serves as the Co-Director of the Conte Bioanalytical Core. This core offers a variety of services, including receptor binding assays, mouse genotyping, microdialysis and neurochemistry assays.

Dr. Gresch and his staff interact with Conte Investigators and pilot grantees to determine experimental needs and develop assays.




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Douglas McMahon, Ph.D., Physiology and Behavior Core

Dr. McMahon, the Director of the Physiology and Behavior Core, will also head the Physiological Studies Unit. He is a highly experienced neurobiologist with more than 30 years experience in electrophysiology and imaging of the nervous system.

Physiological studies offered include visualized patch clamp electrophysiology of raphe neurons and hippocampal neurons.




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Bing Zhang, Ph.D., Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Bing Zhang is the Director of the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core for the Conte Center. The Bioinformatics core works with Investigators to improve experimental design, analyze microarray gene expression data, perform shotgun proteomics data analysis, RNA-Seq data analysis and to provide biological interpretation of -omics experiment results.

The Core also offers WebGestalt and DataView software applications for functional enrichment analysis and statistical analysis of microarray gene expression data.