voelkerl

Student Profile

First Name: 
Lisa
Last Name: 
Voelker
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Primary Institution: 
FHCRC
Department/Division: 
Basic Sciences
Department/Division: 
other
MCB Entry Quarter: 
Autumn
MCB Entry Year: 
2013
E-Mail: 
Mail/Box #: 

358080/A2-025

Address: 

Lab Information
Advisor: 
Lab Location: 
A2-185
Lab Phone #: 
(206) 667-5025
Research
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. Electrical synapses are points of physical contact between neurons that allow ions and small molecules to pass between the cytoplasm of the connected cells. I am using a synapse engineering approach in the nematode C. elegans to investigate how these gap junctions contribute to cross-circuit modulation. 

Areas of Interest: 
Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions
Neuroscience
Academic Information
TA/Out Reach
Class/Activity: 
Bioquest
Quarter: 
Summer
Year: 
2014
Class/Activity: 
BIOL 350
Quarter: 
Autumn
Year: 
2014