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Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests For most areas of the mammalian brain, the production of new nerve cells or neurons is restricted to fetal development. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Some areas of the brain continue to make new neurons throughout life. This neurogenesis is mediated by neural stem cells and our research goals are to understand how stem cell activity and fate are controlled. Ultimately, we hope to harness the nascent potential of stem cells to treat neurological injury and disease.
Professor of Chemistry and, by courtesy, of Structural Biology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The central theme of our research is to develop and apply novel theoretical methods to understand the physical properties of biological molecules, such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipid membranes, and small molecule therapeutics (eg protein folding or lipid vesicle fusion). As these phenomena are complex, my research employs novel theoretical and computational techniques. We apply these methods to develop novel therapeutics for protein misfolding diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am a clinician investigator in the Department of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology) at Stanford University, and faculty associate with Stanford Health Policy. My current NIH-funded research focus is on the pharmaco-economics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The purpose of my research endeavors is to inform clinical practice by identifying optimal, patient-specific strategies in the treatment of IBD.
Karen J. Parker, PhD
Associate Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The Parker lab conducts research on two core topics: 1) Biomarker discovery and therapeutic development for social impairments in animal models and in children with autism spectrum disorder and 2) The behavioral neurobiology of stress resilience and vulnerability in animal models and in patients with major depression.
George DeForest Barnett Professor in Medicine and Professor of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am interested in the long-term consequences of chronic interactions between the human host and the microbial world. Recently, we have focused most heavily on Helicobacter pylori, tuberculosis and helminth infections. I also remain strongly interested in diarrheal diseases, particularly in the developing world, and in sanitation and hygiene.
Sergiu P. Pasca
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Disorder/Sleep Center)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our lab is interested in deciphering the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders. To achieve this, we employ a multidisciplinary approach involving human genetics, molecular and developmental neurobiology, rodent disease models and neural cells differentiated from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells. We are also developing methods for generating specific classes of neurons from human stem cells and state-of-the-art tools for probing disease-relevant cellular endophenotypes. Our ultimate objective is to identify novel and reliable drug targets for neuropsychiatric disorders.
Kevin and Michelle Douglas Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Evolution of genomes and population genomics of adaptation and variation
Assistant Professor of Pathology and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Development and application of molecular assays for the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases.
Giles W Plant
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our research focuses on the repair of the injured spinal cord. We investigate the following areas:
- Spinal cord injury (SCI): Axonal regeneration, myelination and gene therapy
- Stem cell transplantation (adult, embryonic and iPS)
- Endogenous stem cell activity after SCI
- Immunomodulation therapies to potentiate cell transplantation after SCI
- Olfactory ensheathing glia and olfactory neurogenesis
- Peripheral nerve injury (gene therapy)
- Visual system: axonal regeneration (gene therapy