Robert Krencik headshot


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NEUR 310

Student Project Titles List

iDREADDS: Rapidly Inducible Astrocytes Under Chemogenetic Control of Designer Receptors Activated by Designer Drugs

Cell-Specific Neuromodulation of Bioengineered All-Inducible Human Synaptic Networks

Research Areas

The Krencik lab is specifically focused on understanding the functional relationship of human neurons and astrocytes in normal and injured states. We employ novel three-dimensional human pluripotent stem cell-based culture techniques, optogenetic methods, electrophysiology, transplantations and molecular/biochemical approaches to answer vital questions and accelerate progress in neuroregeneration including cellular engraftment therapy and drug discovery. In addition, we work with the Neurosurgery Department and other institutions at the Texas Medical Center with the goal of translating innovative neuroscience research discoveries into clinical therapies for restoration of the nervous system after injury and disease.