Patrick Skelton

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy's lab, Northwestern University

I use electrophysiology, optogenetics, and advanced optics to study neuromodulation and circuit formation in the developing basal ganglia in the laboratory of Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy at Northwestern University.



  • B.S. Ursinus College
  • Ph.D. '19, Experimental and Molecular Medicine, Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

  • Howe, J.R., Li, E.S., Streeter, S.E., Rahme, G.J., Chipumuro, E., Russo, G.B., Litzky, J.F., Hills, L.B., Rodgers, K.R., Skelton, P.D., et al. (2017). MiR-338-3p regulates neuronal maturation and suppresses glioblastoma proliferation. PloS one 12, e0177661.

  • Williams, M.R., Fricano-Kugler, C.J., Getz, S.A., Skelton, P.D., Lee, J., Rizzuto, C.P., Geller, J.S., Li, M., and Luikart, B.W. (2016). A Retroviral CRISPR-Cas9 System for Cellular Autism-Associated Phenotype Discovery in Developing Neurons. Scientific reports 6, 25611.

  • Robinson S, Todd TP, Pasternak AR, Luikart BW, Skelton PD, Urban DJ, Bucci DJ. Chemogenetic silencing of neurons in retrosplenial cortex disrupts sensory preconditioning. J Neurosci. 2014 13;34:10982-8.

  • Skelton PD, Frazel  PW, Lee D, Suh H, Luikart BW. (2019). Pten loss results in inappropriate excitatory connectivity. Molecular Psychiatry. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1038/s41380-019-0412-6


Luikart Lab