Dr. Ksenia Kastanenka is an independent investigator in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Over the last 12 years, she has been develop ing an expertise in optogenetic control of neuronal circuits. At Case Western Reserve University, she has been using state of the art laboratory techniques, including optogenetics, to study the assembly of spinal circuits during development. Over the last seven years she has extended her expertise into the field of aging, specifically Alzheimer’s disease, at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Kastanenka has developed a line of work applying optogenetics and multiphoton microscopy to dissect the role neural activity plays in development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). She has served as a PI on several grants and has extensive experience mentoring/training post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, technicians and summer students. Dr. Kastaneka led several research projects and produced peer-reviewed publications from each project. In addition, she has collaborated extensively with local and international investigators and shared authorship on publications. During 2016-2018 she has published five first author publications, a middle author paper, and secured a research grant from Alzheimer’s Association, while launching her independent program.



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