2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Liqun Luo, Biology

Memories are vital to our everyday existence, and yet little is known about their specific neuronal basis. Using a new technology in the Luo Lab, Kendall’s research will investigate the relationship between the prefrontal cortical neuronal circuits active during fear-induced learning and those involved in memory recall weeks later. Then, through a combination of optogenetics and viral-genetic tracing, Kendall plans to develop a more precise mapping of the neuronal circuits underlying long-term fear memories, which will be useful for better understanding PTSD, anxiety, and other stress-related mental health disorders.

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

The Consolidation of Memory: An Analysis of Cortical Circuits Involved in Remote Memory Retrieval

Kendall Costello1, Laura DeNardo1, Cindy Liu1, Eliza Adams1, Will Allen1, Liqun Luo1,2
[Department of Biology1 and Howard Hughes Medical Institute2, Stanford University]