Kathleen Cho

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kathleen Cho received her B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in History from Brown University and completed her PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She joined Vikaas Sohal’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, to study mechanisms of functional circuits, in the context of mental illness. She has applied electrophysiological and behavioral techniques, while drawing on optogenetic, Ca2+ and genetically-encoded voltage indicator fiber photometry techniques to answer questions about oscillatory disruptions seen in schizophrenia and contribute to the basic science of interneuron networks in their potential role in disease. To support her research, she received the Brain and Behavior’s NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to investigate interneuron and circuit dysfunction in a mouse model of schizophrenia and the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Institutes of Mental Health, to study the role of parvalbumin function in the context of schizophrenia and normal cognition.