Amy F.T. Arnsten, Ph.D.
Professor of neurobiology and psychology
Mark F. Yeckel, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of neurobiology
“Our project examines how stress affects cells in the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain involved in the regulation of memory, attention and emotion. We will explore how waves of calcium released within these cells, under conditions that mimic stress, can open potassium channels that shut off cell firing, and how sustained stress can cause loss of gray matter in this higher brain region.”