Luke Coddington Biography
I graduated from Mercer University in Georgia, then worked in both industry and academic settings before my experiences as a tech in a neurology lab at Johns Hopkins University got me interested in neuroscience research. The physical and chemical interactions in the neurons in our brains represent our existence in the world, and I find it fascinating to study biological questions in that context. I chose UAB for grad school because there were a number of faculty here that I was excited about working with whose expertise spanned a wide range of fields, from glial physiology to synaptic transmission to the molecular basis of memory storage. I ended up doing my thesis work in the lab of Jacques Wadiche, where we study the mechanisms by which the neurotransmitter glutamate transmits information in the mammalian central nervous system. Following graduation I plan to continue working towards becoming an independent research scientist by finding a postdoc position in which I can study the mechanisms of synaptic transmission that underlie complex behavioral processes. I have very much enjoyed my time here in Birmingham, which is an underappreciated city that I've found both entertaining and comfortable to live and work in on a graduate student salary.