Faculty Profile: Diaz Alonso, Javier

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Diaz Alonso, Javier
Lab Contact:
Javier Diaz Alonso
949 824-4951
Department: Anatomy and Neurobiology
Irvine Hall

Research Description

Neurons throughout our brain communicate with each other through synapses. My research focuses in understanding how synapses are organized dynamically to enable synaptic transmission and plasticity, a remarkable feature that underlies the ability of our brain to adapt to, and learn from, a changing environment and our experiences. I am particularly interested in the glutamatergic and endocannabinoid systems, both essential in balancing excitatory and inhibitory activity and crucial for learning, memorizing, and forgetting, as well as for regulating a wide array of brain functions and behaviors. Using genetic, proteomic, molecular, electrophysiological, imaging and behavioral techniques we aim to better understand the molecular mechanisms that govern synapse development, organization and plasticity, as well as the mechanisms that lead to some CNS pathologies with an origin in the synapse.

Requirements to Participate

Interest and motivation to learn and engage in the lab activities. An interest in molecular and cellular neuroscience. Willingness to participate in the launching of a new laboratory, including setting up equipment and supplies, in addition to doing research. A minimum of 12 hours per week is required so that progress in a research project can happen. Minimum 3 or 4 units and 1 or 2 years (ideally 2) commitment.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Attendance: 20Pts (working assigned hours, being on time)
Lab Work: 40Pts (quality, accuracy, integrated.synthesis of information and safety)
Communication: 20Pts (Written/Oral reports, questions and discussion with mentor)
Lab citizenship: 20Pts (organization, clean up and follow through)
Total: 100 points