Headshot portrait of Sarah Tran - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Symbolic Systems
Mentor: Ivan Soltesz, Neurosurgery

The hippocampus plays a critical role in memory consolidation and spatial navigation.  The curve around the end of the hippocampus is called the dentate gyrus, and it is proposed that the dentate gyrus acts as an input for the hippocampus. Sarah aims to use the neural network simulator called NEURON to model how the dentate gyrus is easily shaped and molded through small-scale neural networks. This will bring greater insight in understanding synaptic plasticity through computational analysis.