The University of Connecticut has recently become home to a
new interdisciplinary training program funded by a National Science
Foundation IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training)
grant. The core idea behind our training program is that the time is
ripe to unify research on language in cognitive disciplines
(linguistics, psychology, communication disorders) with research in
biological domains (behavioral and molecular neuroscience and genetics).
Our IGERT training program will provide Ph.D. students from cognitive
and biological disciplines with a core of five "Foundations" courses
that given them sufficient familiarity with methods, assumptions,
theories, and terminology from each participating domain, preparing them
to work in collaborative teams who (a) can communicate across
conventional disciplinary boundaries and (b) collectively have the
sufficient breadth and depth to develop unified biological-cognitive
approaches to language development.
Our lab participates in the IGERT, and is conducting several inter-disciplinary projects examining genetic modulation of endophenotypes relevant to language, using mouse models.