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ESP Biography



CHANDRESH GAJERA, Stanford Research Scientist




Major: School of Medicine/ Pathology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

while in school, I was fascinated by chemistry and later on developed interest in biology, so studied pharmacy, that sets the journey which is still on...... To explore and blend emerging frontiers of science and technology with that of pharmacology, I continued journey toward bioengineering and doctorate in molecular biology/neuroscience. I did Postdoc and currently staff researcher working on synaptic changes in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and parkinson disease at Stanford. Broadly attempting to understand regulation of healthy, aging and diseased brain so as to find ways to modulate process to treat or cure devastating human diseases.



Past Classes

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B6457: Synapse, Neuron and Neural Stem Cell in Disease and Aging in Splash Spring 2018
There exist huge unmet need for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson as well as traumatic brain injuries, and stroke. This class will explore how aging, specifically brain aging, is affected by an imbalance in homeostasis. Science using modern technologies are tackling major questions at the molecular, cellular, and system levels. This class will give introduction to 1) initiating events that likely to play important role in disease onset during aging. 2) latest research and how modulation of this early events including strategies targeting stem cell may effectively treat diseases.


B5736: Degeneration, Regeneration and Aging in Splash Spring 2017
This class will explore how aging, specifically brain aging, is affected by an imbalance in homeostasis. Immortal youth may be science fiction but current science is attempting systematic approach to extend youthful years. Modern biology are tackling major questions at the molecular, cellular, systemic, and organismal levels. The idea is to add life to years rather than years to life. This class will give a quick overview of aging, particularly brain aging, and will then concentrate on the latest research.


B4325: New Neuron in Old Brain in Splash Spring 2015
Brains were thought to be fixed! (that is no new neurons born after birth). Research in the last few decades redefined this fixed view to be rather plastic, that is new neurons are born and integrate into old brains in two regions of brain. But this may be just be the tip of iceberg. Lots of fundamental discovery is yet to be made that will lay the foundation for cure/treatment of devastating brain diseases in young and aging populations. This class will include an introduction to adult neurogenesis and historical background to the latest findings.


B4326: Adult Neurogensis and Aging in Splash Spring 2015
This class will explore how aging, specifically brain aging, is affected by an imbalance in homeostasis. Immortal youth may be science fiction but current science is attempting systematic approach to extend youthful years. Modern biology are tackling major questions at the molecular, cellular, systemic, and organismal levels. The idea is to add life to years rather than years to life. This class will give a quick overview of aging, particularly brain aging, and will then concentrate on the latest research.


B3860: New Neuron in Old Brain in Splash Fall 2014
Do you know new neuron born in adult brain ? Perhaps you may have heard/learn that no new neuron born after birth, this is no longer true. Now its well established that adult and even old brain does produce neuron. Can we increase neuron generation to replace lost neuron in stroke and neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer?. This class will take you from history to introduction to current status.