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Steven A. Siegelbaum, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pharmacology
  • Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. Professor of Neuroscience

Current Administrative Positions

  • Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Steven A. Siegelbaum, PhD

We are interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying electrical signaling and synaptic transmission in the nervous system, and how these electrical signals give rise to complex behaviors. We focus on how ion channels and synaptic transmission regulate information flow in the cortico-hippocampal circuit, which plays a critical role in learning and memory. One area of research explores the role of the hyperpolarization-activated cation channels (the HCN channels) in regulating dendritic integration of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs. We found that genetic deletion of the HCN1 channel from hippocampus enhances synaptic excitation, the induction of long-term plasticity and, surprisingly, spatial learning and memory. As these channels have also been implicated in various neurological and psychiatric diseases, we are now examining the molecular mechanisms that regulate HCN1 channel expression and trafficking in both normal and disease states. A second project examines the role of the CA2 subregion of the hippocampus, an area first identified in 1934 but which has received little attention over the past 80 years. We have developed a mouse like that enables us to selectively inactivate CA2, which we find produces a very specific deficit in the encoding of social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize and remember a conspecific. We are now examining the CA2 neural circuitry in more detail to determine how this region participates in memory encoding. As data from individuals with schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders suggest the presence of alterations in the CA2 region, we are using mouse models of neuropsychiatric disease to explore the possible role of altered CA2 function in the social endophenotypes of these disorders.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Department of Pharmacology

Lab Locations

  • Kolb Research Annex

    40 Haven Avenue
    Unit 87, Room 625
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (646) 774-6837
    Fax:
    (212) 795-7997
    Email:
    sas8@cumc.columbia.edu

Honors & Awards

  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award
  • Herbert J. Kayden Award of the New York Academy of Sciences in Biomedical Science
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member of the Institute of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Molecular Studies of Ion Channel Structure and Function
  • Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity in the Mammalian Brain
  • Synapses and Circuits
  • Biophysics/ion Channels
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • Models of Psychiatric Disorders

NIH Grants

  • SUMMER PROGRAM FOR UNDER REPRESENTED STUDENTS (SPURS) (Federal Gov)

    Apr 1 2017 - Mar 31 2022

    THE ROLE OF THE HIPPOCAMPAL CA2 REGION IN NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISEASE (Federal Gov)

    Dec 14 2015 - Nov 30 2020

    PREFRONTAL CORTEX AND ADOLESCENT BINGE DRINKING: ROLE OF HCN CHANNELS (Federal Gov)

    Feb 15 2015 - Jan 31 2020

    GENETIC TARGETING OF HIPPOCAMPAL CA2 PYRAMIDAL NEURONS (Federal Gov)

    Jul 11 2014 - May 31 2019

    ROLE OF THE HIPPOCAMPAL CA2 REGION IN AUTISM (Private)

    Sep 1 2015 - Aug 31 2017

    REGULATION OF HCN CHANNEL TRAFFICKING AND FUNCTION IN THE BRAIN BY TRIP8B (Federal Gov)

    Aug 1 2013 - Jul 31 2017

    TREK-1 CHANNELS IN HIPPOCAMPAL CA2 PYRAMIDAL NEURONS AS TARGETS IN NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISEASE (Private)

    Feb 15 2015 - Feb 14 2016

    IDENTIFICATION OF THE PRESSYNAPTIC FUNCTION OF THE SERINE/THREONINE KINASE, LKB1 (Private)

    Nov 1 2013 - Sep 30 2015

    CHARACTERIZATION AND GENETIC ABLATION OF THE CA2 SUBFIELD OF THE HIPPOCAMPUS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2012 - Aug 31 2015

    HCN1 CHANNELS IN HIPPOCAMPAL FUNCTION AND SPATIAL MEMORY (Federal Gov)

    Dec 15 2007 - Nov 30 2013

    THE ROLE OF INHIBITION IN INPUT TIMING DEPENDENT PLASTICITY (Private)

    Jul 15 2011 - Jul 14 2013

Publications

  • Sun Q, Srinivas KV, Sotayo A, Siegelbaum SA. (2014). Dendritic Na(+) spikes enable cortical input to drive action potential output from hippocampal CA2 pyramidal neurons. Elife. 2014 Nov 12;3. doi: 10.7554/eLife.04551.
  • Lei YT, Thuault SJ, Launay P, Margolskee RF, Kandel ER, Siegelbaum SA. (2014).  Differential contribution of TRPM4 and TRPM5 nonselective cation channels to the slow afterdepolarization in mouse prefrontal cortex neurons. Front Cell Neurosci. 2014 Sep 4;8:267. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2014.00267.
  • Kupferman JV, Basu J, Russo MJ, Guevarra J, Cheung SK, Siegelbaum SA. (2014). Reelin signaling specifies the molecular identity of the pyramidal neuron distal dendritic compartment. Cell. 158:1335-1347.
  • Hitti FL, Siegelbaum SA. (2014). The hippocampal CA2 region is essential for social memory. Nature. 508:88-92.
  • Hu, L., Santoro, B. Saponaro, A., Liu, H., Moroni, A., Siegelbaum, S. (2013). Binding of the auxiliary subunit TRIP8b to HCN channels shifts the mode of action of cAMP. J. Gen. Physiol. 142:599-612.
  • Basu, J., Srinivas, K.V., Cheung, S.K., Taniguchi, H., Huang, Z.J., and Siegelbaum, S.A. (2013). A cortico-hippocampal learning rule shapes inhibitory microcircuit activity to enhance hippocampal information flow. Neuron 79:1208-1221.
  • Thuault, S.J., Malleret, G., Constantinople, C., Nicholls, R., Chen, I., Zhu, J. Panteleyev, A.,  Vronskaya, S., Nolan, M.F., Bruno, R., Siegelbaum, S.A. and Kandel, E.R. (2013). Prefrontal cortex HCN1 channels enable intrinsic persistent neural firing and executive memory function. J Neurosci. 33:13583-13599.
  • Hussaini, S.A., Kempadoo, K.A., Thuault, S.J., Siegelbaum, S.A. and Kandel, E.R. (2011). Increased size and stability of CA1 and CA3 place fields in HCN1 knockout mice. Neuron 72:643-653.
  • Piskorowski R, Santoro B, Siegelbaum SA. (2011). TRIP8b Splice Forms Act in Concert to Regulate the Localization and Expression of HCN1 Channels in CA1 Pyramidal Neurons. Neuron 70:495-509.
  • Chevaleyre V, Siegelbaum SA. (2010). Strong CA2 pyramidal neuron synapses define a powerful disynaptic cortico-hippocampal loop. Neuron 66:560-572.


  • Ahmed MS, Siegelbaum SA. Recruitment of N-Type Ca(2+) channels during LTP enhances low release efficacy of hippocampal CA1 perforant path synapses. (2009). Neuron 63:372-385.


  • Dudman, J.T., Tsay, D. and Siegelbaum, S.A. (2007). A role for synaptic inputs at distal dendrites: instructive signals for hippocampal long-term plasticity. Neuron 56, 866-879.

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov