Carmen Lin


Graduate Student

I am interested in the neural mechanisms that underlie learning and memory and how these mechanisms can go awry in aging. I am specifically interested in a region of the brain that supports hippocampus-dependent associative learning, the lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC). Using whole-cell patch, I measure the intrinsic excitability of LEC neurons following the acquisition of a hippocampus-dependent task to understand the neural mechanisms that support learning in the LEC. I also measure the neuronal excitability from aged animals to investigate how altered neuronal physiology may underlie aging-related learning deficits, leaving the LEC unable to support learning-related changes.

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