Professor Jonathan Sweedler

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Uncovering the chemistry behind behavior: How cell-to-cell differences are advancing our understanding of the brain

In this video, Jonathan Sweedler, Professor of Chemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explains how advances in the sensitivity of mass spectrometry techniques such as MALDI are revolutionizing his research into the development of novel analytical methods to better understand the chemistry occurring in the brain. Studying cell-to-cell differences within the brain, he explains, can provide significant insight into the neurochemical components underpinning emergent behavior – the ability to characterize these components at a smaller and smaller scale therefore promises exciting opportunities for future brain research.



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Professor Jonathan Sweedler

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Jonathan Sweedler is the James R. Eiszner Family Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Director of the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in bioanalytical chemistry with a focus on developing new methods for assaying the chemistry occurring in nanoliter-volume samples and applying these analytical methods to characterize the molecular forms, distribution, and dynamic release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from a range of animal models. Sweedler is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Analytical Chemistry.