Kevin Bender, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

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Kevin Bender is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His lab is interested in understanding how neurons encode information, with a particular focus on cellular mechanisms that mediate and modulate neuronal excitability. They employ a variety of electrophysiological, optical and genetic techniques to probe information processing across neuronal compartments and test how these processes are altered in neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder.

In collaboration with Stephan Sanders’ group at UCSF, Bender is working to understand how genetic mutations in SCN2A give rise to seizure and autism phenotypes observed in children using cell culture and vertebrate models.

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