Welcome to new postdoc, Shekib Jami PhD

Shekib comes to us from Tom O’Dell’s lab at UCLA where he found unique NMDA receptor differences between ventral and dorsal hippocampus mediated by SK channels that account for differences in synaptic plasticity between those regions.  We’re excited to have Shekib as part of the team!

Welcome to rotating MD/PhD student Ariel Jacobi!

We are excited to have MD/PhD student Ariel Jacobi rotating in the lab. As an undergraduate, Ariel worked with David Lynch at UPenn examining the novel possibility of postsynaptic D-serine and its biosynthetic enzyme, serine racemase. She then spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Germany studying turtle brains in the laboratory of Gilles Laurent. Let’s do some patching!

 

First Gray Lab SfN poster!

Jon presents his poster “Postsynaptic serine racemase regulates NMDA receptors” at this year’s Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting in Washington, DC. His poster drew a good audience including multiple luminaries in the field (e.g. Jon Johnson, U Pitt, seen here). Congrats Jon for a job well done!

John Gray awarded a Whitehall Foundation Grant

The Whitehall Foundation graciously funded our project proposal entitled “The Fundamental Role of NMDA Receptor Co-agonism” that will attempt to address two fundamental properties of the NMDA receptor: 1) why do NMDA receptors require two chemical signals, glutamate and glycine, for
activation? And 2) how can NMDA receptors regulate both the strengthening and weakening of synapses during learning and memory?

The Whitehall Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation exclusively dedicated to assisting basic science research in neurobiology. I am extremely grateful to have this proposal funded and am looking forward to getting the project underway!

Congratulations Jon! Representing UC Davis in China

Congratulations to Jon Wong who was just selected to represent the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences at the International Student Workshop in Beijing, China in October!  This is a collaborative program between UC Davis, the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan, and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  This is a great opportunity for Jon and well-deserved.