In the News

Blanca Diaz-Castro and Hua Chai 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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Neuron 95, 1–19(2017)
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.06.029

Featured Faculty

Baljit Khakh Baljit S. Khakh, Ph.D   Prof. Baljit S. Khakh delivered the 27th Annual H.W. Magoun Lecture of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. His talk on Tues. June 14th, 2016 was titled:

Astrocyte Roles in Neural Circuits: New Tools, Findings, and Concepts.

Read more about Bal Khakh’s research at the Neuroscience Theme Website:

What are glia?

Dr. Tamir Gonen

Tamir Gonen

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.