Asheebo Rojas, PhD

Instructor

Emory University School of Medicine

Office: 5002 Rollins Research Center

Phone: 404-727-5635

Fax: 404-727-0365

Email: arajas@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory University School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology
1510 Clifton Road, Rollins Research Center Room 5002

Atlanta, Georgia 30322-3090

Biography

Research Area:
My research is directly relevant to the generation of epilepsy (epileptogenesis) and the neuropathologies associated with seizures.
Research Interests:
My research focuses on the understanding of the function of kainate receptors (KARs), with a particular emphasis on investigating the role of these receptors in the heightened hyper excitability of hippocampal neurons following pilocarpine induced status epilepticus (SE). The objectives of my project are: 1) to understand the role of prostanoid receptors in the protection of hippocampus neurodegeneration and inflammation following SE as recently it has been suggested that release of endogenous PGE2 in the hippocampus regulates membrane excitability, synaptic transmission, and plasticity; 2) to elucidate whether there is cross-talk between prostanoid receptors and kainate receptors that may allow for a heightened hyper excitability of hippocampal neurons; and 3) to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms involved.

Publications