Faculty Profile: Akbari, Yama

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Faculty Information Lab Information (Packet Type, Course Title, & Department) Location
Akbari, Yama
Lab Contact:
Yama Akbari
(949) 824-1888
Department: SOM - Neurology
Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility.

Research Description

Dr. Akbari is a physician scientist who focuses on neuro-intensive care using basic science, translational, and clinical approaches. The goal of the lab is to discover ways to optimize recovery from coma and eventually apply these discoveries towards helping humans who suffer from coma in the neurologic and neurosurgical intensive care unit. The lab uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate coma in animals using principles of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while monitoring and modifying brain activity, in-vivo physiology, and behavioral outcome. In-vivo and in-vitro techniques in the laboratory incorporate surgical implantation of brain monitoring electrodes into rats, electrophysiology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and pharmacologic manipulation, immunohistochemistry and histology. Moreover, basic cell and molecular biology techniques utilizing DNA, RNA, and protein isolation/analysis will be implemented. Lastly, for students with competency or interests in bio-engineering, computer programming, coding, and/or an understanding of MATLAB, projects involving signal processing are available in the laboratory. This is an opportunity to join a laboratory from the ground up as it is newly formed and growing. It is located in the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility, the premier neuroscience building at the School of Medicine and main campus. The lab is interested in attracting highly motivated and enthusiastic students who are devoted to working hard under supervision within a supportive atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to present their research at local undergraduate research conferences. Highly motivated and devoted students will have the opportunity for co-authorship on publications.

Requirements to Participate

Bio 194S (required). Also recommended but not required: neuroscience or neurobiology courses, general chemistry.

Time Commitment per Week

Minimum 8-12 hours

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Effort and quality of work, self-initiative and dedication to work, proper lab safety protocols.