Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Organizing the brain: how do neurons identify their targets?

11:45 AM

Medical Science 2
3697 West Lecture Hall

This event is part of the Hearing, Balance, and Chemical Senses (HBCS) Seminar Series and features Dr. Daniel Pederick, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University.

Featured Speaker

Daniel Pederick, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University

Daniel Pederick is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. in biosciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he completed his doctoral work in the laboratory of Paul Thomas. His work focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the unique X-linked inheritance pattern of PCDH19 epilepsy.

While a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Liqun Luo at Stanford, Pederick investigated how cell surface molecules guide complex neural circuit assembly. Using a combination of viral and genetic tools, he found that the inverse expression of two cell surface molecules in the mouse hippocampus mediates the reciprocal repulsion of parallel neural connections to ensure proper assembly. He is now investigating how neural circuits in the central auditory system are assembled and plans to assess how these mechanisms are disrupted in mouse models of autism with auditory processing deficits.