2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Dean of Research
Mentor: Bianxiao Cui, Chemistry

Aliyah is studying the effects of nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein that acts on specific neurons (nerve cells), causing growth and promoting survival. By using optogenetics, she will study the precise spatial and temporal dimensions of the signaling pathways for NGF. Research into the specific functions of the signaling pathways will aid in the development of NGF as a treatment for diseases that involve neuron death, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

Optogenetic Control of Nerve Growth Factor Mediated Pathways in Spatial Dimensions for PC‐12 Cell Differentiation Model

Aliyah Sarro-Schwartz1, Qunxiang Ong1, Allister McGuire1, Ruyan Zhang1, Bianxiao Cui1
[Department of Chemistry1, Stanford University]