Dr. Lou Blanpain
Lou is a Belgian student who graduated in Neuroscience and Cellular & Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. During college, he studied rodent hippocampal place cells in Dr. Knierim’s lab. He then worked for two gap years on the genetics of psychiatric disorders at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (Baltimore). Lou then came to Emory to pursue his MD-PhD working with Drs. Willie and Singer. During his PhD, his research focused on understanding circuits involved in memory and emotion, as well as non-invasive means of modulating such circuits. Specifically, he works with treatment-resistant epileptic patients who, for clinical reasons, temporarily undergo intracranial recordings, offering a unique opportunity to shed light on the workings of said circuits. Lou recently defended his thesis entitled “Multisensory Flicker Modulates Wisdespread Brain Networks via Resonance and Reduces Interictal Epileptiform Discharges in Humans — an intracranial EEG study.” Lou will now return to medical school to complete his MD.