WelcomeWe welcome you to the portal webpage for Dr. Elba Serrano's Neuroscience Laboratory in the Biology Department at New Mexico State University. Our laboratory is located in the Chihuahuan Desert in the town of Las Cruces, New Mexico, about 50 miles north of the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border metroplex.
The primary research activity of the lab focuses on the development of the nervous system with an emphasis on the sensory organ systems responsible for hearing and balance and on the process of mechanotransduction. Our approach integrates many methods including molecular biology, anatomy, genetics, informatics, biophotonics, tissue culture, bioimaging, electrophysiology, and flow cytometry. In a new line of investigation we are assessing nanocrystal quantum dots for biocompatibility with the ultimate goal of using NQDs as probes to query molecular processes in neurons and neuroglia. Our laboratory has emerging research interests in the development of technologies for live cell and organ imaging such as multi-photon microscopy and optical coherence tomography.
Our research efforts are furthered through collaborations with colleagues in the Cell Decisions Processes Center (MIT, MA), Southwest Sciences Inc. (Santa Fe, NM), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (LANL, NM). Our research is supported by NIH (NIGMS, NSF, and CINT. We have been awarded NIH ARRA stimulus funds for drug discovery research.