Dillon De Fonte is the most recent graduate from the Trudeau Lab as he successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis on Wednesday December 7th, 2016. Dillons research was focused on radial glial cells in the teleost brain and how these cells, which are integral to neurogenesis and neurosteroidogenesis, are controlled and regulated. Using techniques which spanned the fields of biochemistry, physiology, toxicology and genomics Dillon was able to determine that the secretogranin-derived neuropeptide secretoneurion (SN) plays a role in modulating glial cell activity. He determined that gene networks related to central nervous system and immune system function were increased with SN stimulation and demonstrated that SN has the ability to exert trophic and immunogenic effects in radial glial cells. Dillons work not only helps researchers further understand the complexity of radial glial cells but it takes steps closer to help establish SN as a functional hormone.
All of us at TeamENDO are extremely proud of Dillon and his accomplishments but are sad to see him go. His positive attitude, sense of humor and charismatic personality will be greatly missed. We wish you the greatest of success in your future endeavours and hope wherever you end up, there is no shortage of wine!