Excited that Eden has decided to join the Gray Lab! Eden graduated from UC Irvine where she worked in the lab of Diane O’Dowd studying how mutations in the gene for the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.1 lead to epilepsy.
Gray JA, Zito K, and Hell JW (2016). Non-ionotropic signaling by the NMDA receptor: controversy and opportunity. F1000Research, 5(F1000 Faculty Rev): 1010. In collaboration with Karen Zito and Johannes Hell, I recently reviewed the emerging literature on possible non-ionotropic signaling
Happy to have Eden Barragan from the Neuroscience Graduate Group rotating in the lab!
Was excited to be able to contribute to an elegant study from the Zito Lab showing that NMDA receptor-mediated spine shrinkage requires glutamate binding but not ion flux through the channel, supporting recent studies showing that the NMDA receptor can
Our proposal entitled “Genetic ‘Saturation’ of the NMDA Receptor Glycine Co-Agonist Site” was selected for a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. We are interested in understanding the fundamental basis for the unique requirement of NMDA
I just received the exciting news that I have received a pilot project grant from the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Hippocampal synapse loss is an early finding in Alzheimer’s disease that is associated with elevated levels of soluble amyloid-β
Saw this little foot sticking out from under the fridge in my office… hey little guy. Was able to scare him out into the hall, catch him, and release him outside. Be free!
Finally got the first photo of the lab. L-to-R: Meaghan, Aaron, Jon, John
I am really excited to Meaghan joining the lab, my first postdoc! She comes from Gabriela Popescu’s laboratory at the University at Buffalo, where she published a series of elegant studies that contributed significantly to our understanding of the structure/function relationships
After some delays, the air tables have arrived, microscopes and manipulators assembled, time to get the rigs up and functional!