2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Dean of Research
Mentor: Robert Malenka, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

James Nie is a rising junior majoring in biology with a concentration in neuroscience. He is currently conducting research on deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease through an optogenetic model. The objective of this research is to demonstrate that a recently developed brain-slice model that recapitulates key features of in vivo recordings accurately models the neuronal firing observed during in vivo opto-deep brain stimulation. He plans to pursue medical school after graduation.

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

Hippocampal Field Inhibiting Potentials: A Novel Screening for General Anesthetics

James Nie1, Boris D. Heifets1, Beza A. Dagne1, Melis Sunay1, Bruce MacIver1, Robert Malenka1
[Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences1, Stanford University]