Drosophila Research Technician
Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011 and his master’s degree in Biochemistry from Massey University in 2016. As a research technician in the Molecular Neurogenetics Group at Massey University, Patrick performed a functional analysis of the role of the Moesin gene in a Drosophila model of memory and identified a key role for this gene in brain development as well as a non-developmental role in long-term memory formation. Following that, Patrick became a special education teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities in San Francisco before returning to scientific research at the Center for Human Genetics.
Patrick’s previous research used a Drosophila model to investigate the molecular processes required for the formation and storage of memory. At the Center for Human Genetics, Patrick uses the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel to investigate the genetics of complex characteristics and models of human disease.
Freymuth PS, Fitzsimons HL. The ERM protein Moesin is essential for neuronal morphogenesis and long-term memory in Drosophila. Mol Brain. 2017 Aug 29;10(1):41. doi: 10.1186/s13041-017-0322-y. PMID: 28851405; PMCID: PMC5576258.