As a graduate student in the Bhat Lab, I am interested in bidirectional neuron-glia interactions in the Drosophila Ventral Nerve Cord (VNC).
In the VNC, commissural axons are ensheathed by midline glial membranes in a manner similar to vertebrate axonal insulation. The creation of this neuron-glial scaffold is essential for proper neural development. My studies concentrate on the identification and characterization of novel molecular players involved in the neuron-glia relations at the embryonic midline.
Publications Banerjee, S., Paik, R., Mino, R.E., Blauth, K., Fisher, E.S., Madden, V., Fanning, A. S., and Bhat, M.A. (2011). A Laminin G-EGF-Laminin G (LEL) Module in Drosophila Neurexin IV is Essential for the Apico-lateral Localization of Contactin and Organization of Septate Junctions. PLos ONE 6, e25926 (1-14).