Tomorrow - Mon, Oct 24, 2016
"Picking Up the Slack: How Giant Muscle Proteins Buy the Nervous System Time to React": Biology Seminar with Dr. Jacob Krans
Dr. Jacob Krans is an associate professor of neuroscience at Western New England University, chair of the East Coast Nerve Net Committee and lead editor of Nature Education.
Dr. Krans' research aims to better understand mechanisms of plasticity in neuromuscular control. His methods and approaches are cross-disciplinary, combining engineering, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience and evolutionary frameworks. He has used several model organisms to probe for parsimonious conservation of molecular mechanisms within motor plasticity, but most recently has combined novel genetic and physiologic approaches in the larval fruit fly preparation to understand macro-protein structural plasticity. Dr. Krans’ research has led to the development of new biomechanic instruments, and he holds a patent for a novel sensing apparatus aimed to improve tactile feedback in prosthetic devices.
Dr. Jacob Krans has been involved in promoting life science education since the late 1990s. He is a founding member of the Neuroscience BS Program at Western New England University, where he received major funding from United Technologies for STEM project promotion. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, he became a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University and has held faculty positions at Mount Holyoke College and Central Connecticut State University.