PhDs in Press: A plethora of papers!

After a bit of a hiatus, PhDs in Press is back! Quite a few (read: 12) of our comrades in the Stanford Neurosciences Program have published in the last 6 months, both as first authors, and nth authors.*

Cora Ames, Matt Figley, the tag-team of Corbett Bennet and Sergio Arroyo, David Kastner, and Ryan Squire published first-author papers in Neuron (Cora, Corbett/Sergio, David), Neurobiology of Aging (Matt), and Annual Review of Neuroscience (Ryan).

  • Cora: Neural Dynamics of Reaching Following Incorrect of Absent Motor Preparation, by K Cora Ames, Stephen Ryu and Krishna Shenoy. Published on January 22, 2014 (aka today!!) in Neuron. Link to the paper
  • Matt: Evaluating Noncoding Nucleotide Repeat Expansions in Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis, by Matthew Figley, Anna Thomas and Aaron Gilter. To be published April 2014 in Neurobiology of Aging. Link to the paper
  • Corbett and Sergio: Subthreshold Mechanisms Underlying State-Dependent Modulation of Visual Responses, by Corbett Bennet, Sergio Arroyo and Shaul Hestrin. Published on October 16, 2013 in Neuron. Link to the paper
  • David: Spatial Segregation of Adaptation and Predictive Sensitization in Retinal Ganglion Cells, by David Kastner and Stephen Baccus. Published on August 7, 2013 in Neuron. Link to the paper
  • Ryan: Prefrontal Contributions of Visual Selective Attention, by Ryan Squire, Behrad Noudoost, Robert Schafer and Tirin 'Face of the HHMI' Moore. Published in July 2013 in Annual Review of Neuroscience. Link to the paper

Georgia Panagiotakos is the second author on a paper from Ricardo Dolmetsch’s lab, and George Sebastià Vidal Pérez-Treviño selected a nom-de-guerre (George S Vidal), which is featured as a second author on two papers from Carla Shatz lab.

  • Georgia: A Promoter in the Coding Region of the Calcium Channel Gene CACNA1C Generates the Transcription Factor CCAT, by Natalia Gomez-Ospina, Georgia Panagiotakos, Thomas Portmann, Sergiu Pasca, Dania Rabah, Agata Budzillo, Jean Pierre Kinet and Ricardo Dolmetsch. Published on April 16, 2013 in PLOS One. Link to the paper

  • George (1): PirB Regulates a Structural Substrate for Cortical Plasticity, by Maja Djurisic, George S. Vidal, Miriam Mann, Adam Aharon, Taeho Kim, Alexandre Ferrao Santos, Yi Zuo, Mark Hübener and Carla Shatz. Published on December 17, 2013 in PNAS. Link to the paper

  • George (2) Human LilrB2 is a β-Amyloid Receptor and Its Murine Homolog PirB Regulates Synaptic Plasticity in an Alzheimer’s Model, by Taeho Kim, George S Vidal, Maja Djurisic, Christopher William, Michael Birnbaum, K Christopher Garcia, Bradley Hyman and Carla Shatz. Published on September 20, 2013 in Science. Link to the paper

Matt Sacchet, William Joo, Yvette Fisher and Gregor Bieri were all third authors on papers out of the Stanford community; Kira Mosher joined Greg as the fifth author on the Wyss-Corey lab article.

  • MattActivation of the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortex during encoding of negative material predicts symptom worsening in major depression, by  Lara Foland-Ross, Paul Hamilton, Matthew Sacchet, Daniella Furman, Lindsey Sherdell and Ian Gotlib. Published in NeuroReport. Link to the paper
  • William: An Anti-inflammatory NOD-like Receptor is Required for Microglia Development, by  Celia Shiau, Kelly Monk, William Joo and William Talbot. Published on  December 12, 2013 in Cell Reports. Link to the paper
  • Yvette: Modular Use of Peripheral Input Channels Tunes Motion Detecting Circuitry, by  Marion Silies, Daryl Gohl, Yvette Fisher, Limor Freifeld, Damon Clark and Tom Clandinin. Published on July 10, 2013 in Neuron. Link to the paper
  • Gregor and KiraMicroglial beclin 1 regulates retromer trafficking and phagocytosis and is impaired in Alzheimer's disease{C}, by  {C} {C}{C} {C} {C}Kurt Lucin, Caitlin O’Brien, Gregor Bieri, Eva Czirr, Kira Mosher, Rachelle Abbey, Diego Mastroeni, Joseph Rogers, Brian Spencer, Eliezer Masliah and Tony Wyss-Coray. Published on September 4, 2013 in Neuron. Link to the paper {C}{C}

Congratulations to all the authors!


*[Note to Stanford Neurostudents: If you or someone you know has been left off this list, which includes publications from July 11, 2013 onwards, let me know, and I'll add them!]


Astra Bryant

Astra Bryant is a graduate of the Stanford Neuroscience PhD program in the labs of Drs. Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. She used in vitro slice electrophysiology to study the cellular and synaptic mechanisms linking cholinergic signaling and gamma oscillations – two processes critical for the control of gaze and attention, which are disrupted in many psychiatric disorders. She is a senior editor and the webmaster of the NeuWrite West Neuroblog