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 Lyl Tomlinson

Lyl Tomlinson

PhD Student in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior

'The Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Oligodendrocytes and Myelin in Developing Animals'


Synopsis: Aerobic exercise promotes many effects on the brain, including mood elevation and memory enhancement in adults. The effects have been thought to coincide with changes in neurons, the brain cells primarily responsible for generating memories and movements. However, much less is known about how oligodendrocytes (a group of support cells that increase the speed of neuronal activity), may be affected in adults and juveniles. The overall goal of my research is to find out what role these support cells play in exercise related changes in cognition and whether exercising early in life can have an effect on brain development in adulthood.

Biography: Lyl Tomlinson earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Brooklyn College. After spending two years as a post-baccalaureate researcher at SUNY Downstate, studying the eye and the retina, he joined the department of Neuroscience at Stony Brook University in 2012. Soon after, he was awarded a Turner Fellowship and in 2014, he won the National NASA FameLab competition, which awards scientists with a talent for science communication. He was also recently awarded a NIH NRSA doctoral grant for his investigations related to exercise that he conducts in the lab of Dr. Holly Colognato.


 Monday, September 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM



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