Ed Stern, PhD, Principal Investigator


Shlomit Beker, PhD candidate
I am interested in the mechanisms that underlie normal and pathological plasticity of the brain. I use Alzheimer's disease as a model for sick learning, and wish to understand the differences between the sick and healthy brain in the aspects of organization as a result of experience. In order to decipher these aspects, I use both intracellular recordings and imaging in vivo.

Vered Kellner, PhD candidate
I am interested in the role of glial cells in the central nervous system and their connection to neurodegenerative diseases. Glial cells such as astrocytes and microglia have been found to be important in the removal of senile plaques in Alzheimer's Disease. Thus compelling me to study their possible therapeutic potential.

Noa Menkes-Caspi, PhD candidate
I am interested in studying the effects of tau protein neuropathology on neocortical function, in particular its contribution to alterations in intrinsic electrophysiological properties and to the disruption of neocortical information transfer in Alzheimer's disease. Using in vivo intracellular recordings in tau transgenic mice, I hope to advance our understanding of the neocortical network and of tau's neuropathology's pertinence to the neocortical deterioration in Alzheimer's disease.

Hagar Yamin, PhD candidate
I am interested in the corticostriatal pathway. In order to better understand this system, I use Huntington's disease as a model of corticostriatal circuity failure. I use both in vivo intracellular recording of anesthetized animals and tetrode chronic recordings of behaving animals.

Hana Arnon, MSc, Lab Technician

Judith Sonn, PhD, Lab Assistant and Physiology Student Lab Coordinator