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Funded Research Projects

NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Erin Gray
Understanding how glia regulate the expression and/or post-translational modification of sodium ion channels may lead to the identification of new pharmaceutical targets for the treatment of pain.
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Rabindra Shivnaraine
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are proteins that exist within the cell membrane and act to transfer the information encoded within neurotransmitters and drugs into cell responses. GPCRs exist throughout the body in several systems including the nervous system.
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Boxuan Zhao
Our ability to remember makes us human, and is essential for advanced cognition – for acquiring new skills, and for integrating previous experiences into future decision-making. While long-term memory (LTM) formation requires new gene expression, we lack a detailed and comprehensive understanding...
NeuroDiscovery | Seed Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Nirao Shah, Justin Du Bois
We are interested in elucidating the multiple roles that sex hormones play in development of the nervous system and in regulating brain functions that influence gender identity, puberty, and reproduction.
NeuroDiscovery | Seed Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Bianxiao Cui, Gregory Scherrer
A faculty team bridging chemistry and pain research will use optogenetics to understand an important signaling pathway involved in chronic pain.
NeuroDiscovery | Big Idea
We propose to connect diverse faculty to deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the neural mechanisms supporting addictive choice by combining conceptual, experimental, and clinical approaches that bridge historically disparate fields of inquiry.
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Chris Stock
Humans naturally learn to generate and process complicated sequential patterns. For example, a concert pianist can learn an enormous repertoire of memorized music. In neuroscience, it is widely thought that synaptic plasticity – the process by which the connections between neurons change response...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Corianne van den Akker
Ion channels in the membranes of neuronal cells are the key regulators of neuronal signaling. An ion channel works as a gate that can open and close to allow specific molecules to enter or leave the cell. One important type of ion channels are voltage-gated sodium channels (NaVs), which are...
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Luis de Lecea
The purpose of this collaborative project is to study neuronal mechanisms associated with social stress. In particular we will test whether the energy producing systems, known as mitochondria, in a specific set of brain cells are important to confer resilience to stressful stimuli. This research...
NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Joy A. Franco
Our ability to detect and interpret sounds relies on specialized sensory cells within the snail-shaped hearing organ of the inner ear—the cochlea. These hair cells sense physical movement and then convert that mechanical stimulus into a biological signal that we perceive as sound. These mechano-...

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