Volney L. Sheen

Harvard University, USA


Volney Sheen was born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA in 1968. He received a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, Boston, Mass in 1990 and 1997, respectively. He then completed his residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and board certification in neurophysiology (epilepsy) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in 2004. Since 2004, he has been both an Attending Epileptologist and Neurobiologist at the BIDMC, Harvard Medical School, where he is presently an Associate Professor. He is mainly interested in disorders of cortical development that influence and regulate neural stem cell proliferation and maturation. His laboratory has focused on the role of filamin actin binding proteins and BIG2 vesicle trafficking proteins in directing neural progenitor development and in their pathological role in causing periventricular heterotopia. His laboratory is also focused on the generation and characterization of human neural stem cells from various cortical malformations (including Down syndrome) and the role of both single and contiguous gene anomalies in altering proliferation of the neural progenitor pool. In 2005, he received the Beckman Young Investigator Award. In 2007, he was awarded a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

Biography Updated on 1 June 2011

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