My work is focused on how synaptic connections are regulated. I primarily use the neuromuscular junction to assess how genes, particularly those encoding adhesion molecules such as Dscam2, contribute to the morphology and physiology of synapses. By using ex vivo preparations of Drosophila larvae I can record changes in the electro-chemical parameters of individual motor axon terminals, which provides physiological data to complement the morphological studies done in our lab.