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Sapp Family Provostial Professor, David Starr Jordan Director, Stanford Bio-X and Professor of Biology and of Neurobiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The goal of research in the Shatz Laboratory is to discover how brain circuits are tuned up by experience during critical periods of development both before and after birth by elucidating cellular and molecular mechanisms that transform early fetal and neonatal brain circuits into mature connections. To discover mechanistic underpinnings of circuit tuning, the lab has conducted functional screens for genes regulated by neural activity and studied their function for vision, learning and memory.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Neurobiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Prof. Shenoy's group conducts neuroscience and neuroengineering research to better understand how the brain controls movement, and to design medical systems to assist those with movement disabilities.
Professor of Neurobiology, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The biochemistry and molecular genetics of growth and differentiation of nerve cells. The structure, biosynthesis and mechanism of action of nerve growth factor and other neurotrophins. Gene regulation in target organs and glial cells during nerve regeneration. The role of apolipoproteins and of the myelin protein PMP-22 during nerve degeneration and regeneration and in peripheral neuropathies.
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Neurobiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our understanding of the rules that determine which synapses change during learning is still very limited. Since most of the synapses in a circuit are capable of plasticity, a given neural circuit has the potential to be modified in many different ways. What controls the recruitment of plasticity at one set of synapses versus another during a given learning experience? This overarching question is the focus of my research. Using single-cell patch-clamp recordings from cerebellar slice preparations, I am investigating what rules determine when and how synapses change during different types of motor learning.