Dave Hampton

Graduate Student

Volen Center for Complex Systems
Brandeis University,
Mailstop 013
415 South Street
Waltham MA 02454

Tel: (781) 736-3134
Fax: (781) 736-3142


BS in Chemistry with Math minor from The University of New Mexico

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How do the biophysical properties of a neuron contribute to overall circuit function? How are these properties maintained during environmental changes such as shifting temperature and pH? These are the types of questions that excite my research interests. As the field of neuroscience delivers a more complete picture of how neurons are connected within a circuit it becomes more and more important to understand how these circuits function in the absence and presence of environmental stress. I am interested in what cellular intrinsic properties lead to neuronal circuit robustness, and what roles homeostasis and neuromodulation play in maintaining functional circuit activity.

Pirone, A., Alexander, J., Lau, L.A., Hampton, D., Zayachkivsky, A., Yee, A., Yee, A., Jacob, M.H. and Dulla, C.G., 2017. APC conditional knock-out mouse is a model of infantile spasms with elevated neuronal β-catenin levels, neonatal spasms, and chronic seizures. Neurobiology of Disease, 98, pp.149-157.

Andresen L, Hampton D, Taylor-Weiner A, Morel L, Yang Y, Maguire J, & Dulla CG (Nov, 2014). Gabapentin attenuates hyperexcitability in the freeze-lesion model of developmental cortical malformation. Neurobiology of disease, 71, 305-316.

Armbruster M, Hampton D, Yang Y, & Dulla CG (Sept, 2014). Laser-scanning astrocyte mapping reveals increased glutamate-responsive domain size and disrupted maturation of glutamate uptake following neonatal cortical freeze-lesion. Frontiers in cellular neuroscience, 8.

Cantu D, Walker K, Andresen L, Taylor-Weiner A, Hampton D, Tesco G, & Dulla CG (Mar, 2014). Traumatic brain injury increases cortical glutamate network activity by compromising GABAergic control. Cerebral Cortex, bhu041.

NIMH-COR scholar (2 years)

Maurice L Hughes Scholarship

UNM Scholars

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