Lenora Volk, Ph.D., received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University where she studied the role of the chaperone protein HSP90 in regulating kinase folding and signal transduction. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UT Southwestern Medical Center under the guidance of Kimberly Huber, Ph.D. She studied the signaling mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity mediated by Gq-coupled glutamate (mGluR) and acetylcholine (mAChR) receptors, and identified a novel aberration in mAChR-LTD in the mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome.
As a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in the laboratory of Richard Huganir, Ph.D., Dr. Volk studied the synaptic mechanisms of learning and memory, with a particular focus on the regulation of AMPA receptor trafficking.
Dr. Volk joined the faculty in the Department of Neuroscience in 2015.