Buckwalter Lab Team

Marion Buckwalter, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery

Dr. Buckwalter is a stroke clinician and basic scientist, and her laboratory focuses on how inflammation after stroke affects outcomes. They utilize complementary mouse models of stroke, and use transgenic, viral, and pharmacological techniques to alter inflammatory gene expression and assess the effect on outcome.

Her lab also utilizes human samples from ongoing clinical studies at the Stanford Stroke Center. Dr Buckwalter co-leads SCAN, the Stroke Collaborative Action Network, a group of Stanford researchers sponsored by the Stanford Neuroscience Institute's Big Ideas initiative to study stroke recovery.

Her lab also utilizes human samples from ongoing clinical studies at the Stanford Stroke Center. Dr Buckwalter co-leads SCAN, the Stroke Collaborative Action Network, a group of Stanford researchers sponsored by the Stanford Neuroscience Institute's Big Ideas initiative to study stroke recovery.


Kristy Zera, PhD

Kristy did her undergraduate work at Bates College in Lewiston, ME where she received a BA in Biology in 2012. She then moved to Athens, GA where she obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Georgia in 2017. Her research investigated the role of the transcription factor HIF-1a in thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency-induced neurological damage. She joined the Buckwalter lab in late 2017 to continue researching mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. She is interested in investigating the role of astrocytes in neuroinflammation following stroke. Ultimately, understanding how astrocytes mediate neuroinflammation in the context of disease and neurological injury may identify therapeutic targets to protect the brain following injury. 

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