The goal of the Lab is to develop new treatments and work towards a cure for epilepsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders using a range of innovative approaches in experimental systems.
The Lab studies mechanisms of cerebral cortical circuit function and circuit dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders. Investigators in the lab use mouse and human genetics, electrophysiology, pharmacology, imaging, optogenetics, and behavior, in a range of experimental model systems ranging from heterologous cells in culture, neurons generated from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from human patients, and ex vivo and in vivo in animal models of human disease. The lab is particularly interested in the function of a prominent subtype of neuron known as the GABAergic inhibitory interneuron and the role of interneuron dysfunction as a cause of disease.
News from the Lab
Undergraduate Melody Cheng has received the 2023 Ruth Marcus Kanter College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research Fellowships (CURF) at Penn for her Fall 2023 research on KCNC1 epilepsy.
Postdoctoral fellow Eric Wengert was recipient of the 2023 American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award.
Yerahm Hong has been selected as a Rachleff Scholar in Engineering. This program will support research in the lab next summer. Congrats, Yerahm!