Skirmantas Janusonis received his B.S. in Biology and Biophysics from Vilnius University in Lithuania. In 1994, he started his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he trained under the supervision of Dr. Katherine Fite. After earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior in 2001, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Neurobiology of the Yale University School of Medicine. He joined the UCSB faculty in 2006.
Skirmantas Janusonis studies the brain serotonin system and its ubiquitous interactions with other cellular elements. This research presents unique conceptual challenges and furthers a deeper understanding of basic principles of neural signaling. It is also essential for solving a number of complex mental disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia, and autism. To see the current projects and publications, please visit the Janusonis Laboratory.
- Janusonis S. (2014) Serotonin dynamics in and around the central nervous system: Is autism solvable without fundamental insights? International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience 39: 9-15.
- LeClair J., Janusonis S., Kim H.S. (2014) Gene-culture interactions: a multi-gene approach. Culture and Brain 2: 122-140.
- Janusonis S. (2014) Functional associations among G protein-coupled neurotransmitter receptors in the human brain. BMC Neuroscience 15: 16.
- Chen A., Kelley L.D.S., Janusonis S. (2012) Effects of prenatal stress and monoaminergic perturbations on the expression of serotonin 5-HT4 and adrenergic β2 receptors in the embryonic mouse telencephalon. Brain Research 1459: 22-34.
- Flood Z.C., Engel D.L.J., Simon C.C., Negherbon K.R., Murphy L.J., Tamavimok W., Anderson G.M., Janusonis S. (2012) Brain growth trajectories in mouse strains with central and peripheral serotonin differences: Relevance to autism models. Neuroscience 210: 286-295.
- Janusonis S. (2012) Direct interaction with no correlation: An experimental pitfall in neural systems. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 206: 151-157.
- Janusonis S. (2012) Relationships among variables and their equilibrium values: caveats of time-less interpretation. Biological Reviews 87: 275-289.
- Slaten E.R., Hernandez M.C., Albay R. III, Lavian R., Janusonis S. (2010) Transient expression of serotonin 5-HT4 receptors in the mouse developing thalamocortical projections. Developmental Neurobiology 70: 165-181.
- Hernandez M.C., Janusonis S. (2010) Quantitative mRNA analysis of serotonin 5-HT4 receptors in the mouse embryonic telencephalon. Developmental Neuroscience 32: 278-287.
- Janusonis S. (2008) Origin of the blood hyperserotonemia of autism. Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling 5: 10.