Ryan Castro

Castro- Ryan002 is with the TBMH program at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.  (David Hungate for VTCSOMRI)

My thesis work is focused on identifying age-related changes in the spinal cord that may lead to motor deficits associated with aging. My research involves the analysis of molecular and morphological features of spinal cord resident neurons and their synapses, with a particular focus on α-motor neurons. Additionally, I am interested in age-related changes undergone by glial cells, primarily microglia and astrocytes, and their possible effect on neuronal and synaptic health and efficacy.