Andrew Widmer

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Larson Lab, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine


Lab:  284 SPH/PI




Research Interests:

Andrew Widmer is an MD/PhD student working in Dr. Larson’s Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Lab. His current research is focused on the specific cellular defects caused by the disorder Fragile X Syndrome, a common cause of intellectual disability and a major contributor to autism spectrum disorders. Of particular interest is this disease’s effects on inhibitory neurotransmission in the primary olfactory cortex, a model area for the study of cognition, learning, and memory. His background in neuroscience will support an intended career as a clinical neurologist practicing in an academic research hospital setting. Outside of the lab, Andrew enjoys trying to keep his tiny garden alive, running along the lakefront, and is starting to balance his data-driven analytical side with a new interest in photography.



Widmer, A. & Larson, J. (2016). Inhibitory function in the piriform cortex of the Fragile X Syndrome mouse model [abstract]. Society for Neuroscience 2016 Annual  Meeting, November 12-16, 2016. Abstract ID: 2016-S-5307-SfN.

Abrams, K., Schlosser, L., Leger, K., Donisch, D., Widmer, A., & Minkina, A. (2011).  Panic-relevant cognitive processes among smokers. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25(1), 71-81.