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"My project involves using the mouse olfactory system as a model to understand the role of a family of cell adhesion molecules, called Kirrels, in circuit formation in the brain. Kirrels are homophilic cell adhesion molecules, and mutations in the Kirrel3 gene have been identified in patients with neurodevelopmental disorders such autism and intellectual disability. However, the effect of these mutations on Kirrel3 function remains uncharacterized. The primary goal of my project is to elucidate the mechanism through which Kirrel3 regulates synapse formation and function in the brain using a combination of in vitro and in vivo approaches."