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Kenton C. Hokanson

Research Associate
Instructor
Department of Microbiology

Kenton C. Hokanson

Research Associate
Instructor
Department of Microbiology

Background

Education

Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Nueroscience

Research

All of the wonderful things our brains do, from visual perception, to coordinating our movements, to memorizing the lyrics of a new song, depend on the electrical activity of neurons. I study how these electrical signals are generated and transmitted, and how they drive communication between neurons connected by specialized structures called synapses. To do this, I use a technique called electrophysiology, which involves placing tiny electrodes near or inside individual neurons to record their behavior with remarkable sensitivity. As the manager of the Electrophysiology Core Facility, I am working to bring this technque to the many other neuroscience laboratories at OSU.

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience

Publications

  • Hokanson, K., Davis, G. and Ullian, E. 2018 in review. Interplay of synaptic competition and homeostatic plasticity in the developing mouse visual system.
  • Despande, A., Yadav, S., Dao, D., Wu, Z., Hokanson, K., Jan, Y., Ullian, E. and Weiss, L. 2017. Cellular phenotypes in human iPSC-derived neurons from a genetic model of autism spectrum disorder. Cell Reports 21(10):2678-2687.
  • Exteberria, A., Hokanson, K.C., Dao, D.Q., Mayoral, S.R., Mei, F., Redmond, S.A., Ullian, E.M. and Chan, J.R. 2016. Dynamic modulation of myelination in response to visual stimuli alters optic nerve conduction velocity. J. of Neurosci. 36(26):6937-48.
  • Krencik, R., Hokanson, K.C., Narayan, A.R., Dvornik, J., Rooney, G.E., Rauen, K.A., Weiss, L.A., Rowitch, D.H. and Ullian, E. 2015. Dysregulation of astrocyte extracellular signaling in Costello syndrome. Sci. Transl. Med. 7(286):286ra66.