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NeuroDiscovery | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Olivier Gevaert
My proposed visit to the Van De Ville lab is centered on the idea to expand our methods beyond brain tumors to other neurological diseases using the Van De Ville lab’s expertise in neuro-imaging. Imaging genomics has been focused mainly on oncology; however, other neurological diseases can be...
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...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Zoi (Zoe) Samara
    More than 60 million people in the United States currently suffer from a serious mental illness, and the associated financial, productivity and human suffering costs are only projected to rise in the near future. Patients who suffer from serious mental disorders, such as depression,...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Mariapaola Sidoli
Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) is an important intracellular messenger that plays a critical role in the development of the central and peripheral nervous system. However, the mechanisms of action of cAMP in the nervous system development are poorly understood and there are currently no...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Hongjie Li
Precise neural circuit assembly is critical for appropriate function of the nervous system. A functional circuit requires proper targeting and matching of axons and dendrites of pre- and post-synaptic neurons. However, our understanding of the mechanisms that establish wiring specificity of complex...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kyle Brewer
One in three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia during their lifetime, but effective treatment still does not exist despite intense efforts. Recently, blood from young mice has been found to rejuvenate several tissues of old mice, including the brain. By using transfusions...
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...
Lead Researcher(s): Xiaoke Chen
To understand how sensory information and physiological state integrate to drive decisions and behaviors. Dr. Xiaoke Chen's lab is focusing now on interoception, which is the sense of the physiological condition of the body. This include our abilities to feel hungry or satiated, to sense heightened...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Andrew Whittle
Everyone is well aware of their white adipose tissue and its ability to store excess energy as fat. In fact the efficiency with which it does this has led to obesity and related metabolic diseases becoming the largest single health burden in the United States. Yet buried behind our collar-bones and...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Alan Ceaser
The ability to ignore distracters is impaired for individuals with psychosis. This impairment negatively impacts treatment effectiveness and the ability of individuals with psychosis to function fully. Recent work has shown that the striatum, a brain region beneath the surface of the brain, is the...

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