Welcome to the Shaw Lab

Despite the fact that sleep is conserved throughout the animal kingdom, the function of sleep remains one of the last major unsolved biological mysteries facing neuroscience today.

The Shaw laboratory uses the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster to elucidate the molecular mechanisms linking sleep to neuronal plasticity. The lab has demonstrated that we can fully restore cognitive functioning to a diverse set of classic memory mutants simply by enhancing their sleep. 

Who we are

Current lab members

The Shaw Lab is run by Dr. Paul Shaw, PhD, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine.

Join us!

We have several positions available in the lab, and we are always open to hearing from students and scientists interested in sleep research.

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