Isaac Ostlund, Ph.D. is a neurophysiologist and electrophysiologist who joined the Lieber Institute in March 2022. His research interests include how neurodevelopment is modified by environmental and genetic impacts and how plasticity and learning are influenced by age. Dr. Ostlund earned his Ph.D. in Physiology and Cell Biology by discovering differential synaptic plasticity within the hippocampus and VTA following drug exposure and at different developmental stages. He also described a novel GABA pathway connecting neural plasticity, drug susceptibility, and age that has implications for cognitive and learning disorders. His current research in the Maher lab uses patch-clamp electrophysiology to examine the neuronal circuit activity and channel dynamics of neurodevelopmental disorders.