2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Dean of Research
Mentor: Bruce MacIver, Professor of Anesthesia

Beza is a senior majoring in biology with a concentration in neurobiology. She is working in Dr. Bruce MacIver's neuropharmacology lab in the anesthesiology department. This summer she is exploring the effect of different energy supplements (i.e. glucose, pyruvate, and lactate) in Artificial Cerebrospinal Fluid (ACSF) on the energetics and synaptic activity of neurons in the hippocampus. Data will be gathered using in vitro electrophysiological recordings of rat hippocampi slices. Beza’s future plans include applying to medical school and traveling.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

Food for Thought: A Better Way to Feed Your Brain Slices

Beza A. Dagne1, Melis K. Sunay1, James Nie1, and Bruce MacIver1
[Neuropharmacology Lab1, Stanford University]