Ropafadzo Mzezewa will defend her thesis tomorrow on epilepsy modelling

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Ropafadzo Mzezewa, MSc has developed neuronal cell types in laboratory conditions from healthy and patient derived human stem cells known to be compromised in epilepsy. Brain-mimicking neuronal networks were developed on microelectrode array-based platforms to distinguish seizure-like events in the stem cell-derived neurons.

“We uncovered differences in electrical patterns in patient neurons. The model therefore holds competence in advancing epilepsy research”

The Opponent will be Adjunct Professor, Pirta Hotulainen from Minerva Institute for Medical research, Helsinki. The Custos will be Adjunct Professor, Susanna Narkilahti from Tampere University.

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Doctoral dissertation available here: