Three Berkeley Neuroscience Faculty Awarded Klingenstein-Simons Fellowships

Published in: Berkeley Neuroscience News | October 14th, 2016 The Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Awards supports early career neuroscientists whose research may help us understand neurological and psychiatric disorders. Three of the eleven 2016 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowships were awarded to Berkeley Neuroscience Faculty! Congratulations to Stephen Brohawn, Evan Miller, and Michael Yartsev. Stephen Brohawn studies how proteins embedded in the membranes of neurons detect mechanical forces, such as touch or sound. Recently, several transmembrane proteins have emerged as strong candidates for force sensors in the auditory and vestibular systems and have been shown to contribute to hearing. Brohawn aims to determine how these proteins are involved in transducing mechanical forces in cellular electrical signals of the nervous system. His work may provide a basis for the development of drugs that target these proteins to restore hearing loss. Evan Miller develops…


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