Photo of Stanford student and Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant Lexi Linker.
2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

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Mentor: Ivan Soltesz, Neurosurgery

“Characterization of Inhibitory Connectivity in Healthy and Epileptic Brain Circuits”

Diverse types of inhibitory interneurons control the rhythm and excitability of cortical networks, and a dysfunction of these neurons is one of the main causes behind epilepsy. Lexi’s Stanford Bio-X research will focus on developing and verifying tools to study the specific patterns of synaptic connections of the interneurons in the hippocampus, to better understand changes to the inhibitory circuitry in animal models of epilepsy.