The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory  ::  MIT

Eitan Kaplan

Graduate student


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Current Research:
My present work aims to understand the synaptic circuitry involved in experience-dependent plasticity. Specifically, how cortical inhibitory neurons as well as thalamic inputs modulate cortical circuits in the context of learning and memory.

Past Research Experience:
2008 2009: Junior Specialist, University of California at Davis
Principal Investigators: Isaac Pessah, Ph.D. and Paul Hagerman, M.D., Ph.D.
Mitochondrial dysfunction in the hippocampus, in the context of the neurodegenerative disorder Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).

2006 2008: Undergraduate Internship, University of California at Davis
Principal Investigator: A. Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
Role of cytokines and other immune molecules on synapse formation in the cerebral cortex as it relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

2007: Laboratory Assistant, University of California at Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Brecha, Ph.D.
Neurotransmitter vesicle release proteins and machinery in the retina.

2004-2008: The University of California at Davis
Bachelor of Science with highest honors  
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior