NMDA Receptor Characterization of Lectin Positive Stem Cells in the Developing Chick Optic Tectum

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biological and Environmental Sciences

Date of Award

Summer 2012


The optic tectum is an important structure in the central nervous system and is responsible for directing responses to spatial points related to body position in response to visual input from the retina. Within the optic tectum reside radial glia which function as progenitor cells and physically guide migrating neurons during tectal development. While these cells are known to be identifiable by tomato lectin staining, little is known about glial NMDA receptor function in during embryonic development of the tectum.


Michael Hanna

Subject Categories

Biology | Life Sciences