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Professor of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests What distinguishes us humans from other animals is our ability to undergo complex behavior. The synapses are the structural connection between neurons that mediates the communication between neurons, which underlies our various cognitive function. My research program aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie synapse function during behavior in the developing and mature brain, and how synapse function is altered during mental retardation.
Alan G. Cheng
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Pediatrics) and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Active Wnt signaling maintains somatic stem cells in many organ systems. Using Wnt target genes as markers, we have characterized distinct cell populations with stem cell behavior in the inner ear, an organ thought to be terminally differentiated. Ongoing work focuses on delineating the developing significance of these putative stem/progenitor cells and their behavior after damage.
Thomas L. Cherpes, DVM, MD
Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Directs an infectious disease laboratory that performs basic, translational, and clinical research. Laboratory has particular focus on:
1) relationship between exogenous sex steroids on susceptibility to microbial pathogens
2) role of Type 2 immunity in Chlamydia infection
3) developing cellular immunotherapies to combat infectious disease and cancer
Albert Sean Chiou, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dermatology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am a clinical researcher interested in evaluating promising new treatments for chronic and severe skin conditions. My research currently includes:
1) Treatments for itch associated with epidermolysis bullosa
2) Treatments for atopic dermatitis and other eczematous conditions
I collaborate with other faculty within the Stanford Skin Innovation and Interventional Research Group (SIIRG) to conduct a variety of investigator initiated and sponsored clinical trials for a variety of inflammatory skin disorders.
Associate Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Bio Dr. Chiu obtained his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and graduated with Honors from Stanford University. After graduating, he received his Medical Degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he remained for his internship and General Surgery residency training. Dr. Chiu completed his Pediatric Surgery training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is an Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine where he has an active research program studying innovative approaches to treat patients with neuroblastoma.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Neurological monitoring in critically ill infants. Altered hemodynamics in neonates, especially in relation to prematurity, congenital heart disease, and central nervous system injury. Determination of the hemodynamic significance and effects of a patent ductus arteriosus in the preterm infant. Utilizing NIRS (near-infrared spectroscopy) and other technologies for improved monitoring in the NICU.