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Hanieh Falahati, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Summary

I study the spine apparatus, which is a specialized compartment of the neuronal smooth endoplasmic reticulum (ER) located in a subset of dendritic spines. It consists of stacks of ER cisterns that are interconnected by an unknown dense matrix and are continuous with each other and with the ER of the dendritic shaft. While this organelle has been first observed over 60 years ago, the mechanism of its formation and function remains a mystery. The focus of my work is to take an interdisciplinary approach to address these longstanding questions and better understand the contributions of this enigmatic organelle in neuronal physiology and in disease.

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Selected Publications

  • Mesophilic alcohol dehydrogenase behavior in imidazolium based ionic liquidsDabirmanesh, Bahareh, Khosro Khajeh, Jafar Akbari, Hanieh Falahati, Somayeh Daneshjoo, and Akbar Heydari. Journal of Molecular Liquids 161, no. 3 (2011): 139-143.