KEITH HENGEN, ASST. PROFESSOR, DEPT. OF BIOLOGY @ WASH U IN STL

 
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Science keeps me awake at night.

I moved to Wash U late in the summer of 2017. Since then, a brilliant lab has grown around me, often in directions I could never have predicted. As a group, we're driven by the opportunity to observe and test complex networks in the brain. We've built a unique set of tools that lets us track hundreds of neurons for months at a time. We're leveraging this to gain new insight into a variety of questions: How does the brain achieve reliable and robust computation?, How does sleep contribute to the computational capacity of the brain?, and, Can studying network dynamics in diseases (such as Alzheimer's) lead to a better understanding of cause and potential solutions? This is only possible with the support of the NIMH, the NIA, the Allen Institute, and of course, Washington University.

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