Jessica Alapin is currently studying the role of translation in the consolidation of auditory threat memory using optogenetic tools that block ElF4E-dependent translation. Jessica received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Haifa, Israel, at the laboratory of Prof. Raphael Lamprecht. During her Ph.D., Jessica used optogenetics to study the role of EphB2 receptor in lateral amygdala in the formation of fear memory in mice. Thus far, the research findings are very enlightening, as she found that EphB2 is involved in various forms of learning. For example, she found that activating EphB2, by optogenetics, leads to enhanced memory, and that EphB2 is involved in memory impairment in aged mice.
May 25, 2021