Sokolowski Lab

Sokolowski Lab

Genes, Environment & Behaviour

Jeff Dason

Jeff Dason

Current Position

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor

Previous Degrees and Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Fellowship (University of Toronto, 2013 – 2016). Supervisor: Marla B. Sokolowski.
    Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Toronto, 2009 – 2012). Supervisor: Milton Charlton.
  • Ph.D. Physiology, Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (University of Toronto, 2008). Supervisor: Harold Atwood; Co-Supervisor: Milton Charlton.
  • M.Sc. Biology (York University, 2003). Supervisor: Brian Colman.
  • H.B.Sc. (University of Toronto at Scarborough, 2000): Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough

Project Title

The role of PKG in synaptic transmission and food related behaviours


Dason JS, Cheung A, Anreiter I, Montemurri VA, Allen AM, Sokolowski BM. 2019. Drosophila melanogaster foraging regulates a nociceptive-like escape behavior through a developmentally plastic sensory circuit. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 201820840.

Cantarutti KC, Burgess J, Brill JA, Dason JS. 2018. Type II phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase regulates nerve terminal growth and synaptic vesicle recycling.  J. Neurogenetics, 32(3):230-235.

Dason JS, Sokolowski MB, Wu C-F. 2018. A reductionist approach to understanding the nervous system: the Harold Atwood legacy. J. Neurogenetics, 32(3):127-130.

Dason JS., Hegström-Wojtowicz M, Sokolowski MB. 2018.
A look inside the Atwood lab. J. Neurogenetics, 32(3):279-293.

Romero-Pozuelo J, Dason JS, Mansilla A, Baños-Mateos S, Sardina JL, Chaves-Sanjuán A, Jurado-Gómez J, Santana E, Atwood HL, Hernández-Hernández A, Sánchez-Barrena MJ, & Ferrús A (2014). Ric8a, a guanine-exchange factor, binds the calcium sensor NCS-1 and regulates synapse number and probability of release. Journal of Cell Science, 127:4246-4259.

Dason JS & Charlton MP (2014). A Novel Extraction Protocol to Probe the Role of Cholesterol in Synaptic Vesicle Recycling. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1174:361-373.

Dason JS, Smith AJ, Marin L, & Charlton MP (2014). Cholesterol and F-actin are Required for Clustering of Recycling Synaptic Vesicle Proteins in the Presynaptic Plasma Membrane. Journal of Physiology, 592(4):621-633.

Dason JS, Romero-Pozuelo J, Atwood HL, & Ferrús A (2012). Multiple Roles for Frequenin/NCS-1 in Synaptic Function and Development. Molecular Neurobiology, 45(2):388-402.

Dason JS, Smith AJ, Marin L, & Charlton MP (2010). Vesicular Sterols Are Essential For Synaptic Vesicle Cycling. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(47):15856-15865.

Klose MK, Dason JS, Atwood HL, Boulianne GL, & Mercier AJ (2010). Peptide-induced modulation of synaptic transmission and escape response in Drosophila requires two G-protein coupled receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(44):14724-14734.

 Dason JS, Romero-Pozuelo J, Marin L, Iyengar BG, Klose MK, Ferrús A, & Atwood HL (2009). Frequenin/NCS-1 and the Ca2+ channel α1-subunit co-regulate synaptic transmission and nerve terminal growth. Journal of Cell Science, 122(22): 4109-4121.

Romero-Pozuelo J, Dason JS, Atwood HL, & Ferrús A (2007).  Chronic and Acute Alterations in the Functional Levels of Frequenins 1 and 2 Reveal Their Roles in Synaptic Transmission and Axon Terminal Morphology. European Journal of Neuroscience, 26(9): 2428-2443.

Dason JS & Colman B (2004).  Inhibition of Growth in Two Dinoflagellates by Rapid Changes in External pH.  Canadian Journal of Botany 82: 515-520.

Dason JS, Huertas IE, & Colman B (2004). The Source of Inorganic Carbon for Photosynthesis in Two Marine Dinoflagellates. Journal of Phycology 40(2): 285-292

Colman, B., Huertas IE, Bhatti S, & Dason JS (2002). The diversity of inorganic carbon acquisition mechanisms in eukaryotic microalgae.  Functional Plant Biology 29: 261-270.

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