2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Departments: Computer Science and Biology
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Thomas Südhof, Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Astrocytes, a type of non-neuronal cell, are hypothesized to have a critical role in the formation, specification, and regulation of synapses. The goal of Jason’s project is to identify novel proteins that mediate the interaction between astrocytes and the pre- and post-synapse, which will in turn elucidate the underlying mechanisms regarding the role of astrocytes in synapse development.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2017:

Identification of Novel Interactions Between Astrocytic Neurexin-1 and Synaptic Ligands

Jason Li1,2, Justin Trotter3, Thomas Südhof3
[Departments of Computer Science1, Biology2, and Molecular & Cellular Physiology3, Stanford University]