Faculty Profile: Pathak, Medha

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Pathak, Medha
Lab Contact:
Medha M. Pathak
Department: Physiology & Biophysics
291 Irvine Hall

Research Description

Mechanical forces powerfully modulate neural stem cell behavior, thus shaping development and repair of the nervous system. Our lab aims to understand at a molecular, cellular and organismal level, how mechanical forces are detected and transduced by cells. In answering this question, we focus on the mechanically-activated ion channel, Piezo1, which we previously showed to be important for neural stem cell mechano-regulation. Research in the lab utilizes a broad variety of approaches, ranging from techniques in stem cell biology, cell biology, ion channel biophysics, bioengineering and developmental biology.

Requirements to Participate

3 - 4 hours per unit. 1 year Commitment to 2 year commitment. Minimum 3 units.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Completion of assigned tasks, understanding of the project, communication skills, accuracy of laboratory recording keeping.