Alan Ernst

Ph.D. 2001

Thesis Title:

Refinement of Axonal Connections in Developing Brain: Insight into Molecular Mechanisms

Current Position:

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

Major Advisor(s):

Steve McLoon. Ph.D.

Selected Publications:

  • Gallo G, Ernst AF , McLoon SC, Letourneau PC. Transient PKA activity is required for initiation but not maintenance of BDNF-mediated protection from nitric oxide-induced growth-cone collapse. J Neurosci. 2002 Jun 15;22(12):5016-23.
  • Ernst AF, Gallo G, Letourneau PC, McLoon SC. (2000) Stabilization of growing retinal axons by the combined signaling of nitric oxide and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. J Neurosci. 20:1458-1469.
  • Ernst AF , Wu HH, El-Fakahany EE, McLoon SC. NMDA receptor-mediated refinement of a transient retinotectal projection during development requires nitric oxide. J Neurosci. 1999 Jan 1;19(1):229-35.
  • Ernst AF, Jurney WM, McLoon SC (1998) Mechanisms involved in development of retinotectal connections: roles of Eph receptor tyrosine kinases, NMDA receptors and nitric oxide. Prog Brain Res. 118:115-131.
Alan Ernst