Dr. Sean Speese

Dr. Speese earned a B.S. in biology from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY (1998) and then went on to complete his Ph.D. (2005) at the University of Utah exploring mechanisms of synaptic transmission and modulation in Drosophila and C. elegans in the labs of Dr. Kendal Broadie and Dr. Erik Jorgensen. He then joined the lab of Dr. Vivian Budnik at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow. His work at UMASS led to the discovery of a novel mRNA export pathway that is critical for activity dependent synapse development at the Drosophila NMJ. In 2010 Dr. Speese came to the Jungers center as a Research Assistant Professor and in 2014 transitioned to the position of Assistant Professor. Dr. Speese continues to utilize the Drosophila NMJ to investigate mechanisms of synaptic function, formation and plasticity.