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Shapiro Science Center 1-08
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Paradis Lab
Department of Biology
Kalman Receiving
Brandeis University
415 South St.
Waltham, MA 02454

Aram Raissi

Name: Aram Raissi

Position: PhD Student

Education: B.A.- Boston University, 2007
M.S.- Brandeis University, 2009


Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time outside especially surfing at the beach, playing tennis, or just riding my bike through town. When I'm too tired to do those things (or when there is 5ft of snow outside), I like just kicking back and watching movies or reading. I've been a 49ers fan ever since I can remember and hope to see them win a superbowl within the next few years.

Research Interests: I am interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic development and plasticity. I spent my time at BU under Dr. Hengye Man studying AMPA receptor trafficking/signaling in both mature and developing rat hippocampal neurons. Now at Brandeis I am studying the effects of Semaphorin signaling on the initiation and modulation of synaptic formation. My project specifically focuses on the molecular mechanisms by which the transmembrane Semaphorin, Sema4D, regulates inhibitory synapse development in the mammalian hippocampus both in vitro and in vivo.

If I weren't a scientist I'd be... a brewer. Good brewing requires just as much patience as good science except with brewing you get to drink your experiments. (You could drink your experiments as a scientist too but I wouldn't recommend it). .


Raissi A*, Scangarello F *, Pontrello J, Paradis S. (2014) Enhanced efficacy of the metalloprotease inhibitor TAPI-2 by multivalent display. (in revision)

Raissi A, Staudenmaier EK, David S, Hu L, Paradis S. (2013) Sema4D localizes to synapses and regulates GABAergic synapse development as a membrane-bound molecule in the mammalian hippocampus. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 57: 23-32.

Zhang D, Hou Q, Wang M, Lin A, Navis A, Raissi A, Liu F, Man HY. (2009). Na, K-ATPase activity regulates AMPA receptor turnover through proteasome-mediated proteolysis. J Neurosci., 29 (14): 4498-4511

Favorite Quotations:

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed, then it is accepted as self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer

"Anyone who has not made a mistake, has not tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

"Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea."
- Benjamin Franklin