Lisa Voelker

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 

Basic Sciences

Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions


Entry Quarter: Autumn 2013

Lab Information

Advisor: Jihong Bai
Box: Fred Hutch A2-025 206-667-5025


The following publications were retrieved from PubMed:

Neurobeachin is required postsynaptically for electrical and chemical synapse formation.

Miller AC, Voelker LH, Shah AN, Moens CB.

Curr Biol. 2015 Jan 5; 1(25)16-28

A zebrafish model of glucocorticoid resistance shows serotonergic modulation of the stress response.

Griffiths BB, Schoonheim PJ, Ziv L, Voelker L, Baier H, Gahtan E.

Front Behav Neurosci. 2012; (6)68

Research Summary

I am investigating the contribution of electrical synapses in modulation between neural circuits. Modulation of circuits is important as it plays a key role in altering thought and behavior in response to learned experiences. One of the open questions in systems neuroscience is how the behavior of one circuit affects that of another. One possible mechanism of modulation is through electrical synapses. I am using C. elegans to explore this possibility.