Lab: 139 Irvine Hall
Lab Phone: 949-824-3463

Department of Medicine

MD, Molecular Medicine Pathway, UCSF [Vikaas Sohal lab]
Thesis: Investigating the Role of Interneurons in Seizure Initiation, Propagation, and Termination Using an Optogenetic Kindling Mouse Model for Seizures

BS, Neuroscience, UCLA [Alcino Silva lab & Carlos Portera-Cailliau lab]
Thesis: Investigating the Role of BDNF in Developmental Decorrelation of Cortical Firing Patterns

Where he went:  Neurology Resident, Walsh Lab, Harvard University


I am working in the Hunt lab during my first year of residency. I completed medical training at UCSF, where I worked in Vikaas Sohal's lab using optogenetics and in vivo electrophysiology to understand the role of interneurons in seizures. I am now studying the development of epilepsy in a mouse model of genetic epilepsy.


Dynamic, Cell-Type-Specific Roles for GABAergic Interneurons in a Mouse Model of Optogenetically Inducible Seizures.
Khoshkhoo S, Vogt D, Sohal V
Neuron (2017) [Link]

Internally Mediated Developmental Desynchronization of Neocortical Network Activity.
Golshani P, Gonçalves JT, Khoshkhoo S, R Mostany, Smirnakis S, Portera-Cailliau C
Journal of Neuroscience (2009) [Link]



2016           Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) Young Investigator Travel Award
2015           American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award
2015-17      HHMI-CURE Medical Student Research Fellowship
2015-17      Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship
2012            American Association of Neurological Surgeons Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship
2015-17      UCLA Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2009          Dean’s Prize for excellence in undergraduate research
2009          Nancy D. and Aaron S. Cohen Engineering Scholarship
2008          UCLA CARE Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2008          UCLA Amgen Scholars Program


Sattar likes to come into lab in the middle of the night and put headsets on the mice.