Suman Balasubramanian joins the Pallas Lab

Suman earned her M.S. degree in Medical Neurosciences at Humboldt University in Berlin after completing a B.S. in Microbiology in India.  She worked as a research student in the lab of Johannes Vogt at the Charite’ Medical University in Berlin until 2010, after which she moved to the U.S. for family reasons.  She has several publications out with more to come.  We are fortunate to have someone with her broad skill set in the Pallas Lab.

GFP-labeled cortical neurons

We are employing various strains of transgenic mice that have Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) expression coupled to expression of particular molecules of interest.  This will allow us to identify particular classes of neurons that are part of sensory pathways in the brain.

Pallas Lab awarded NSF grant!

Chilean Degus

Logo of the National Science Foundation

The project, titled “Influences of ecological niche on mechanisms of visual pathway maturation”, will be awarded $1 million over 4 years.  Our goals are to determine whether the evolutionary history and ecological niche occupied by a species predicts the extent to which visual experience is required for the development of visual pathways in the brain.  We will examine several rodent species, including the diurnal Chilean degu, that differ with respect to circadian activity pattern and the degree to which vision is important for behavior.

Parag Juvale joins the lab!

Parag is a 2nd year M.S. student in the Biology department.  His background is in the use of natural compounds to fight cancer.  His experience with Western blotting will be of great benefit to our progress.  He will be working on signaling molecules that are important both for axon guidance during brain development, and for vascularization of growing tumors.

Jenny Kim joins the lab!

Jenny is an undergrad in the Neuroscience program and will be working on a visual perception assay in the lab as well as helping us out with histology and the mice.  She has already made herself indispensable and we expect great things from her in the future.