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  • Jessica Walsh

    Jessica Walsh

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sleep Disorders Research

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focuses on the circuit level analysis autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My work demonstrates that deficits in serotonin (5-HT) signaling produce social deficits seen in a mouse model of a prevalent ASD type, deletion of the 16p11.2 chromosome. We precisely identified the role of 5-HT release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in normal social behavior, and showed that rapid activation of a specific 5-HT receptor in the NAc reverses social deficits in the 16p11.2 deletion model.