Marc Freeman is the Director of the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health and Sciences University, having recently moved from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he was Vice-Chairman of Neurobiology and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Since 2003 his laboratory has aimed to understand the development and function of glial cells, in particular astrocytes, in nervous system assembly and pruning, neural circuit physiology, and behavior. Freeman's research also focuses on neuron-glia signaling after injury, where they explore how neurons destroy themselves and signal to glia for timely clearance, and how these events might go awry in disease. He completed his bachelors at Eastern Connecticut State University, received his PhD at Yale University, and carried out his postdoctoral studies at the University of Oregon.
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