Welcome to the Soltesz Lab!

“Explore The Neural Forest Off the Beaten Path"

drawing courtesy of Benjamin Barti


Welcome to the Soltesz Lab website! Our lab is part of the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, and is led by Dr. Ivan Soltesz.

We are interested in how brain cells communicate with each other in the normal brain, and how the communication changes in epilepsy.  

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the lab employ closely integrated, cutting-edge experimental and computational modeling techniques to understand normal and epilepsy-related plasticity in neuronal networks. The techniques include simultaneous patch clamp recordings from rigorously identified interneurons and principal cells, in vivo recordings and functional imaging, closed-loop optogenetics, behavioral methods, and biologically highly realistic large-scale supercomputational modeling approaches.


Epilepsy study links mossy brain cells to seizures and memory loss

NIH-funded study in mice suggests loss of mossy cells plays a critical role in both

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.




08/08/2017 Gergely's paper published in Cell Reports: Extended Interneuronal Network of the Dentate Gyrus

05/19/2016 Soltesz Lab research mentioned in Nature News article, Light-controlled genes and neurons poised for clinical trials

05/12/2016 Ivan has been elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences! http://mta.hu/english/introducing-the-newly-elected-members-of-the-hungarian-academy-of-sciences-106486

04/04/2016 Ivan has been awarded computing time allocation on Blue Waters, the NSF-funded petascale computing system, for constructing full-scale computational models of the hippocampus.