Laura Jansen

Jansen, Laura

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Neurology


  • MD/PhD, Pharmacology, Saint Louis University
  • Medical Residency, Pediatric Neurology, Washington University

Contact Information

PO Box 800394
Cobb Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-924-5312

Research Disciplines

Molecular Pharmacology

Research Interests

Pediatric Epilepsy, Human Brain Development, Inhibitory Neurotransmission

Research Description

My research interests are related to conditions that cause epilepsy and brain malformations in children. My lab uses a combination of biochemical, electrophysiological, and imaging techniques to analyze both human brain specimens and cell culture models. Current projects ongoing in the lab include: 1) Characterizing the development of GABAergic inhibition in the premature and neonatal brain, and determining the effect of conditions causing seizures on this development. 2) Identifying the consequences of abnormal PI3K/AKT pathway activity on neuronal signaling. 3) Determining the histopathologic and functional outcomes of genetic mutations that cause neurologic disease in children.

Selected Publications