2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Bioengineering
Supported by: Anonymous Donor
Mentor: Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, Neurology

Photo of USRP student Preethi Raghavan in the lab, using a large microscope.Preethi is researching the mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in patients with Neurofibromatosis type I. She is analyzing structural changes of white matter in Nf1 mice and tracking the cell lineage involved in myelination, which is essential for the functioning of the nervous system. Through this, she hopes to obtain an understanding at the cellular level of how white matter is altered in these patients and how this could cause cognitive defects.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Age- and Brain Region-Dependent Dysregulation of Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cell Population Dynamics in a Mouse Model of Neurofibromatosis Type I

Preethi Raghavan1, James Lennon2,3, Michelle Monje2,3
[Departments of Bioengineering1 and Neurology3 and Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine2, Stanford University]