Jeanne Paz, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Jeanne Paz, Ph.D. earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. As a graduate student, she studied the role of basal ganglia in regulating absence epilepsy and received an award for the best neuroscience Ph.D. thesis in France. Dr. Paz then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford, where she developed the first closed-loop optogenetic control of seizures that led her to identify seizure control points in the brain.

Dr. Paz is an Assistant Professor at Gladstone Institutes & Kavli Institute of Fundamental Neuroscience at the University of California San Francisco since 2014. Her research goals focus on understanding the basic mechanisms of neural synchronization in thalamocortical circuits, in epilepsy and related cognitive disorders. Her research spans multiple levels of analysis: from the cell to the circuit to the animal behavior to unveil the maladaptive circuit dynamics in epilepsy and to target it in a translational context to prevent and control seizures and associated cognitive disorders.