Modelling signalling events in dendritic spines

Melanie Stefan

University of Edinburgh

<h4>Melanie Stefan</h4> 
<p><em> University of Edinburgh </em></p>

Dendritic spines are specialised neuronal compartments that house the receiving end of synaptic connections in the hippocampus. When we form memories, snyaptic connections change in strength, and this involves both biochemical signalling and structural changes in dendritic spines.

Modelling this system computationally is complicated by the fact that spines are small compartments with low copy numbers of each individual molecular species, that many of the signalling proteins can exist in a vast number of functional states, and that biochemical signalling interacts both with electrical signalling and with structural changes at synapses. In this talk, I will present some of our recent work in addressing these challenges.



Speaker Biography: Melanie Stefan is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Zhejiang University - University of Edinburgh Institute in Haining, China. Her research interests lie in using computational models to understand learning and memory. She completed her PhD at EMBL-EBI in 2009, and worked as a postdoc at the University of Tokyo and the California Institute of Technology, and as a Curriculum Fellow for Quantitative Biology at Harvard Medical School, before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2015.

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Ickleton Room
Wellcome Genome CampusHinxtonCambridge CB10 1SDUnited Kingdom

The Ickleton Room in EMBL-EBI's South Building (V2-36) is on ground level and is straight ahead as you face the stairs. This room seats 22 people comfortably.

This room is not equipped with VC facilities: those are available in the Meadow room in the South Building and in the AVC room  in the East Wing.


Type: Ad hoc talk

Venue: European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Ickleton Room

When: Thursday 24 January 2019; 3:00pm

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