2013 Seed Grants Archive

Itch perception
The Molecular and Neural Basis of Itch Sensation
Qin Liu, Ph.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University in St. Louis
Schizophrenia
The Role of Astrocyte-Neuron Communication in Normal Brain Function and Mental Disorder
Axel Nimmerjahn, Ph.D.
Department of Biophotonics
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Neural Plasticity, neurodevelopment
Epigenetic Control of Experience-dependent Neural Plasticity
Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou, Ph.D.
Department of Genetics
University of Pennsylvania
Alzheimer’s disease
Structures, stabilities, and formation kinetics of amyloid beta precursors and oligomers
Yongli Zhang, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology
Yale University
Autism, Intellectual Disability
Distal mRNA localization and translation in neural stem cells during mammalian cortical development
Debra Silver, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University
Autism
A Systems Biology Approach to Identify Transcription Regulatory Networks in Healthy and Diseased Neurons
Yingxi Lin, Ph.D.
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alzheimer’s disease, autism, schizophrenia
Controlling synaptic function with light
Matthew Kennedy, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology
University of Colorado
Dementia
Progranulin deficiency and neuronal-microglial interactions in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease
Aimee Kao, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
Autism, schizophrenia
Activity-induced adaptations in the molecular machines that control neurotransmitter release
Pascal Kaeser, M.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard University
Huntington’s disease, OCD, Parkinson’s disease
Optogenetic dissection of the striatal subcircuits during action sequence learning
Xin Jin, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Functional characterization of genes associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder using mouse models
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
Autism, epilepsy & schizophrenia
Non-Invasive Optogenetic Engineering of Cortical Dynamics
Brian Chow, Ph.D.
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania