Thomas Schwarz

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Thomas Schwarz
Alma mater Harvard College, Harvard Medical School
Scientific career
Fields Genetics, neurobiology
Institutions Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Edward Kravitz

Thomas L Schwarz is an American neuroscientist and molecular biology researcher at Children's Hospital, Boston, [1] and a Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. [2]

Neuroscientist Individual who studies neuroscience

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Molecular biology Branch of biology dealing with biological activitys molecular basis

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Boston Childrens Hospital Hospital in Massachusetts, United States

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Thomas Schwarz is best known for discovering and characterizing the Drosophila protein Milton. [3] This protein has been shown to be crucial to mitochondrial localization to the nerve terminal.

<i>Drosophila melanogaster</i> Species of fruit fly

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Thomas Schwarz graduated from Harvard College, where he was heavily involved with the college's WHRB radio, before earning a PhD from Harvard Medical School. His doctoral advisor was scientist Edward Kravitz.

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  2. Harvard Medical School. "HMS". Harvard. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  3. Stowers, Steven; Laura J. Megeath; Jolanta Górska-Andrzejak; Ian A. Meinertzhagen; Thomas L. Schwarz (12 December 2002). "Axonal Transport of Mitochondria to Synapses Depends on Milton, a Novel Drosophila Protein". Neuron. 36 (6): 1063–1077. doi:10.1016/S0896-6273(02)01094-2.