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Understanding neuronal integration of information.
Development of neuronal encoding properties.
Genetic and molecular mechanisms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Graduate Student Supervision
Doctoral Student Supervision (2008-2017)
- Morphological characterization of dynamic dendrite growth in the awake developing brain (2015)
- Simultaneous imaging of structural and functional plasticity in the awake brain (2015)
- Molecular mechanisms underlying sensory-driven structural and functional plasticity in the awake developing brain (2012)
- The role of adenylyl cyclase signaling pathways in developmental dendritogenesis in vivo (2012)
- Role of PKMz in morphological and synaptic development of optic tectal neurons in Xenopus laevis tadpoles in vivo (2010)
- Examining the effects of early-life seizures on neuronal dendrite growth in vivo using a novel experimental model system (2009)
- Sensory experience driven network plasticity in the awake developing brain (2009)
Master's Student Supervision (2010-2017)
- Interactions between mitochondria and the transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) regulate neuronal structural and functional plasticity and metaplasticity (2015)
Brusco, Janaina and Haas, Kurt
Journal of Physiology-London 593 (16) 3471-3481
- Fast non-negative temporal deconvolution for laser scanning microscopy (2013)
Podgorski, Kaspar and Haas, Kurt
Journal of Biophotonics 6 (2) 153-162
- Dynamic morphometrics reveals contributions of dendritic growth cones and filopodia to dendritogenesis in the intact and awake embryonic brain (2012)
Hossain, Sharmin and Hewapathirane, D. Sesath and Haas, Kurt
Developmental Neurobiology 72 (4) 615-627
- Functional Clustering Drives Encoding Improvement in a Developing Brain Network during Awake Visual Learning (2012)
Podgorski, Kaspar and Dunfield, Derek and Haas, Kurt
Plos Biology 10 (1)
- The Transcription Factor MEF2 Directs Developmental Visually Driven Functional and Structural Metaplasticity (2012)
Chen, Simon Xuan and Cherry, Angus and Tari, Parisa Karimi and Podgorski, Kaspar and Kwong, Yue Kay Kali and Haas, Kurt
Cell 151 (1) 41-55
- Ultra-Bright and -Stable Red and Near-Infrared Squaraine Fluorophores for In Vivo Two-Photon Imaging (2012)
Podgorski, Kaspar and Terpetschnig, Ewald and Klochko, Oleksii P. and Obukhova, Olena M. and Haas, Kurt
Plos One 7 (12)
- Neurexin-Neuroligin Cell Adhesion Complexes Contribute to Synaptotropic Dendritogenesis via Growth Stabilization Mechanisms In Vivo (2010)
Chen, Simon Xuan and Tari, Parisa Karimi and She, Kevin and Haas, Kurt
Neuron 67 (6) 967-983
- Metaplasticity Governs Natural Experience-Driven Plasticity of Nascent Embryonic Brain Circuits (2009)
DUNFIELD, D and HAAS, K
NEURON 64 (2) 240-250
- PKM zeta Restricts Dendritic Arbor Growth by Filopodial and Branch Stabilization within the Intact and Awake Developing Brain (2009)
LIU, XF and TARI, PK and HAAS, K
JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 29 (39) 12229-12235
- In vivo imaging of seizure activity in a novel developmental seizure model (2008)
HEWAPATHIRANE, DS and DUNFIELD, D and YEN, W and et al.
EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY 211 (2) 480-488
- The regulation of dendritic arbor development and plasticity by glutamatergic synaptic input: a review of the synaptotrophic hypothesis (2008)
CLINE, H and HAAS, K
Symposium on Synaptic Plasticity 586 (6) 1509-1517
- AMPA receptors regulate experience-dependent dendritic arbor growth in vivo (2006)
HAAS, K and LI, JL and CLINE, HT
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 103 (32) 12127-12131
- Dendrite growth increased by visual activity requires NMDA receptor and Rho GTPases (2002)
SIN, WC and HAAS, K and RUTHAZER, ES and et al.
NATURE 419 (6906) 475-480
- Targeted electroporation in Xenopus tadpoles in vivo - from single cells to the entire brain (2002)
HAAS, K and JENSEN, K and SIN, WC and et al.
DIFFERENTIATION 70 (4-5) 148-154
- Directing AMPA receptor traffic (2001)
TRENDS IN NEUROSCIENCES 24 (3) 137
- MAPing the path from neuronal activity to spine motility (2001)
TRENDS IN NEUROSCIENCES 24 (5) 256-257
- Resistance of immature hippocampus to morphologic and physiologic alterations following status epilepticus or kindling (2001)
HAAS, KZ and SPERBER, EF and OPANASHUK, LA and et al.
HIPPOCAMPUS 11 (6) 615-625
- Single-cell electroporation for gene transfer in vivo (2001)
HAAS, K and SIN, WC and JAVAHERIAN, A and et al.
NEURON 29 (3) 583-591
- The scaffold protein, Homer1b/c, regulates axon pathfinding in the central nervous system in vivo (2001)
FOA, L and RAJAN, I and HAAS, K and et al.
NATURE NEUROSCIENCE 4 (5) 499-506
- Postsynaptic CPG15 promotes synaptic maturation and presynaptic axon arbor elaboration in vivo (2000)
CANTALLOPS, I and HAAS, K and CLINE, HT
NATURE NEUROSCIENCE 3 (10) 1004-1011
- Flurothyl status epilepticus in developing rats: behavioral, electrographic histological and electrophysiological studies (1999)
SPERBER, EF and HAAS, KZ and ROMERO, MT and et al.
DEVELOPMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH 116 (1) 59-68
- Kainic acid-induced seizures enhance dentate gyrus inhibition by downregulation of GABA(B) receptors (1996)
HAAS, KZ and SPERBER, EF and MOSHE, SL and et al.
JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 16 (13) 4250-4260
- DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES IN THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF EPILEPTIC BRAIN-DAMAGE (1992)
SPERBER, EF and STANTON, PK and HAAS, K and et al.
WORKSHOP ON MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY OF EPILEPSY 67-81
- EFFECTS OF THE MATURATIONAL PROCESS ON EPILEPTOGENESIS (1992)
MOSHE S L and SPERBER E F and HAAS K Z and et al.
LUEDERS, H. O. (ED.). EPILEPSY SURGERY; SELECTED PAPERS AND MEETING REPORTS FROM THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CLEVELAND CLINIC EPILEPSY SYMPOSIUM, CLEVELAND, OHIO, USA, JUNE 1990. XXVI+854P. RAVEN PRESS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA. ILLUS 741-747
- ENHANCED SENSITIVITY OF HIPPOCAMPAL PYRAMIDAL NEURONS FROM MDX MICE TO HYPOXIA-INDUCED LOSS OF SYNAPTIC TRANSMISSION (1992)
MEHLER, MF and HAAS, KZ and KESSLER, JA and et al.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 89 (6) 2461-2465
- KINDLING IN DEVELOPING ANIMALS - INTERACTIONS BETWEEN IPSILATERAL FOCI (1992)
HAAS, KZ and SPERBER, EF and MOSHE, SL
DEVELOPMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH 68 (1) 140-143
- CONTINGENT TOLERANCE TO CARBAMAZEPINE IS ASSOCIATED WITH LOWERING OF AMYGDALA-KINDLED SEIZURE THRESHOLDS (1991)
WEISS, SRB and HAAS, K and POST, RM
EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY 114 (3) 300-306
- RESISTANCE OF THE IMMATURE BRAIN TO HIPPOCAMPAL DAMAGE FOLLOWING FLUROTHYL-INDUCED STATUS EPILEPTICUS (1991)
SPERBER, EF and STANTON, PK and HAAS, KZ and et al.
ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY 30 (3) 495
- RESISTANCE OF THE IMMATURE HIPPOCAMPUS TO SEIZURE-INDUCED SYNAPTIC REORGANIZATION (1991)
SPERBER, EF and HAAS, KZ and STANTON, PK and et al.
DEVELOPMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH 60 (1) 88-93
- KINDLING IN DEVELOPING ANIMALS - EXPRESSION OF SEVERE SEIZURES AND ENHANCED DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL FOCI (1990)
HAAS, KZ and SPERBER, EF and MOSHE, SL
DEVELOPMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH 56 (2) 275-280