2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: VPUE/UAR and Bio-X
Mentor: Daniel Madison, Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Laura McMartin's project intends to clarify mechanisms underlying learning impairments that occur in the absence of circadian rhythms. She is using electrophysiological techniques to evaluate the function of hippocampal synapses in control versus arrhythmic models and how neural network properties bear on memory.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2014:

Functional Properties of the Hippocampus in Siberian Hamsters: Illuminating the Relationship Between Circadian Rhythms and Learning

Laura McMartin1, Daniel V. Madison2
[Departments of Biology1 and Molecular & Cellular Physiology2, Stanford University]