Image by Keaton Unroe, PhD candidate in the Clinton Lab.
A Golgi-stained neuron from the rat hippocampus. Like the branches of a tree, neurons have a complex network of “branches” – called dendrites – which provide sites of communication from one neuron to another. These sites of communication – called dendritic spines – can be seen in the zoomed in panels. Our group uses this “old school” staining technique (it was first described in in late 1800s) to observe anatomical changes that may occur in animal models of psychiatric disorders.