People

Jeanne T. Paz, PhD
Assistant Investigator
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Dr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.
Stephanie Tuazon
Administrative Assistant
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Phone: (415) 734-2531

Dr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.
Juan Alcauter
Research Associate I
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Juan received his Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology Host-Pathogen Interactions from the University of California, Berkeley. As a research associate in the Paz Lab, Juan is trying to develop technical experience in the research field of neuroscience to later pursue a Grad program pertaining to pathological brain disease. Juan is currently interested in optogenetics and electrophysiology and its applications in identifying pathological brain mechanisms. Outside of the lab Juan enjoys playing the guitar and traveling.
Frances Cho
Graduate Student, NSF-GRFP Scholar
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Frances received a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University and is now pursuing her PhD in neuroscience at UCSF. She joined the Paz Lab to study the mechanisms underlying mal/adaptive plasticity in neurological injuries and disorders. Outside of science, Frances enjoys playing squash, boxing, and making crafts. She is also very fond of jazz music and beaches.
Alexandra Clemente
Graduate Student, NSF-GRFP Scholar
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Alexandra was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Here in SF, she is a Neuroscience Graduate Student at UCSF. She obtained a B.S in Biomedical Engineering/Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. In the Paz Lab, she is interested in dissecting the role of thalamocortical circuits in neurological disorders including epilepsy. Outside of the Paz lab, she likes to read, do yoga and ride her bike around the Bay Area.
Bryan Higashikubo, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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Bryan received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT. During his graduate studies with Chris Moore, Bryan studied the role of the thalamic reticular nucleus in information processing in the corticothalamic loops. As a postdoc, Bryan is interested in understanding how the reticular thalamus performs computations at cellular, micro-circuit and behavioral levels, and how disruptions in these computations are involved in neuropsychiatric disorders.
Stephanie Holden
Graduate Student, ARCS Scholar
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Stephanie received a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and is now a graduate student in the neuroscience program at UCSF. She is interested in studying the circuits and processes that lead to neurological disorders such as epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. In addition to doing research, she bakes, seeks out food adventures in the Bay Area, and is taking up new activities including running and surfing.
Stefanie Makinson, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Fellow, American Epilepsy Society and Dravet Syndrome Foundation Fellow
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Stefanie received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Furman University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University. During her graduate studies with Randy Hall, Stefanie studied the regulation of astrocytic glutamate transporters and metabotropic glutamate receptors by scaffolding proteins. As a postdoc, Stefanie is interested in understanding the role of neuron-glia interactions in epilepsy and dissecting the beneficial and deleterious functions of reactive gliosis in epileptogenesis and other neurological diseases.
Dale Tager
Research Associate I
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Dr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.

 

Past Lab Members

Trinidad Arceo
Current Position: Student at the University of California, BerkeleyDr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.
Eric Bennet
Current Position: CTO at AetherDr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.
Scott Brovarney
Current position: Senior Research Associate II, LARC Rodent Nurse, University of California, San Francisco
Ana Chkaidze
Current Position: Graduate student at the University of Nevada
Allison Morningstar
Current Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester
Charrel Sherman
Current position: graduate student at University of California, Davis
Faye Tager
Current position: graduate student at University of California, Los Angeles
Alexander Urry
Current Position: Graduate student at Yale University
Dr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.