Dr. Mei Zhen

Dr. Mei Zhen

Discovery of a mechanism by which animals generate rhythmic motor activity that outlasts sensory stimuli. (Nature Communications 2015 6:6323). By combining genetics, optogenetics and electrophysiology, Dr. Mei Zhen's team found that a small groups of premotor interneurons are required for sustained activation of motor output, and that this requires a new class of channel that mediates leak of sodium.