Hua Chai and Blanca Diaz-Castro, researchers in the Bal Khakh laboratory have shown that not all astrocytes are the same.
The supportive brain cells vary when it comes to shape, molecular machinery and functioning.
The findings, published in the journal Neuron, should make it easier for researchers to study how astrocytes relate to disease,
or to develop drugs that aim to target small subsets of astrocytes.
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The episode was part of a series on “Behind the Mystery of Rare and Genetic Diseases” and Dr. Cannon was interviewed about periodic paralysis.
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The Department warmly welcomes Tamir Gonen Ph.D. who will join our primary faculty as Professor of Physiology on September 1st 2017.
Dr. Gonen is a HHMI Investigator and currently a Group Leader at the Janelia Research Campus.