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Kevin Bender, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-502-7386
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Adolescent alcohol drinking and GABA signaling
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA027023Apr 12, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Molecular and circuit mechanisms of antipsychotics
    NIH/NIMH R01MH112729Apr 10, 2017 - Feb 28, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Development and physiology of axo-axonic synapses
    NIH/NIMH R21MH112117Sep 24, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Cellular mechanisms for dopaminergic control of learning in prefrontal cortex
    NIH/NIDA R01DA035913Aug 1, 2013 - Apr 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Function and regulation of action potential bursts in the auditory system.
    NIH/NIDCD R00DC011080Dec 1, 2011 - Nov 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Function and regulation of action potential bursts in the auditory system.
    NIH/NIDCD K99DC011080Jul 1, 2010 - Nov 30, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Soma-Targeted Imaging of Neural Circuits by Ribosome Tethering. Neuron. 2020 Jun 05. Chen Y, Jang H, Spratt PWE, Kosar S, Taylor DE, Essner RA, Bai L, Leib DE, Kuo TW, Lin YC, Patel M, Subkhangulova A, Kato S, Feinberg EH, Bender KJ, Knight ZA, Garrison JL. PMID: 32574560.
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    2. Flipping the Switch: Homeostatic Tuning of Chandelier Synapses Follows Developmental Changes in GABA Polarity. Neuron. 2020 Apr 22; 106(2):199-201. Lipkin AM, Bender KJ. PMID: 32325052.
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    3. Alternative splicing potentiates dysfunction of early-onset epileptic encephalopathy SCN2A variants. J Gen Physiol. 2020 Mar 02; 152(3). Thompson CH, Ben-Shalom R, Bender KJ, George AL. PMID: 31995133.
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    4. The Autism-Associated Gene Scn2a Contributes to Dendritic Excitability and Synaptic Function in the Prefrontal Cortex. Neuron. 2019 08 21; 103(4):673-685.e5. Spratt PWE, Ben-Shalom R, Keeshen CM, Burke KJ, Clarkson RL, Sanders SJ, Bender KJ. PMID: 31230762.
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    5. Modulation of Ion Channels in the Axon: Mechanisms and Function. Front Cell Neurosci. 2019; 13:221. Burke KJ, Bender KJ. PMID: 31156397.
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    6. Author Correction: The CaMKII/NMDA receptor complex controls hippocampal synaptic transmission by kinase-dependent and independent mechanisms. Nat Commun. 2018 12 03; 9(1):5205. Incontro S, Díaz-Alonso J, Iafrati J, Vieira M, Asensio CS, Sohal VS, Roche KW, Bender KJ, Nicoll RA. PMID: 30510185.
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    7. Two Forms of Synaptic Depression Produced by Differential Neuromodulation of Presynaptic Calcium Channels. Neuron. 2018 09 05; 99(5):969-984.e7. Burke KJ, Keeshen CM, Bender KJ. PMID: 30122380.
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    8. The Psychiatric Cell Map Initiative: A Convergent Systems Biological Approach to Illuminating Key Molecular Pathways in Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Cell. 2018 07 26; 174(3):505-520. Willsey AJ, Morris MT, Wang S, Willsey HR, Sun N, Teerikorpi N, Baum TB, Cagney G, Bender KJ, Desai TA, Srivastava D, Davis GW, Doudna J, Chang E, Sohal V, Lowenstein DH, Li H, Agard D, Keiser MJ, Shoichet B, von Zastrow M, Mucke L, Finkbeiner S, Gan L, Sestan N, Ward ME, Huttenhain R, Nowakowski TJ, Bellen HJ, Frank LM, Khokha MK, Lifton RP, Kampmann M, Ideker T, State MW, Krogan NJ. PMID: 30053424.
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    9. The CaMKII/NMDA receptor complex controls hippocampal synaptic transmission by kinase-dependent and independent mechanisms. Nat Commun. 2018 05 25; 9(1):2069. Incontro S, Díaz-Alonso J, Iafrati J, Vieira M, Asensio CS, Sohal VS, Roche KW, Bender KJ, Nicoll RA. PMID: 29802289.
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    10. Progress in Understanding and Treating SCN2A-Mediated Disorders. Trends Neurosci. 2018 07; 41(7):442-456. Sanders SJ, Campbell AJ, Cottrell JR, Moller RS, Wagner FF, Auldridge AL, Bernier RA, Catterall WA, Chung WK, Empfield JR, George AL, Hipp JF, Khwaja O, Kiskinis E, Lal D, Malhotra D, Millichap JJ, Otis TS, Petrou S, Pitt G, Schust LF, Taylor CM, Tjernagel J, Spiro JE, Bender KJ. PMID: 29691040.
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    11. Serotonin enhances excitability and gamma frequency temporal integration in mouse prefrontal fast-spiking interneurons. Elife. 2017 12 05; 6. Athilingam JC, Ben-Shalom R, Keeshen CM, Sohal VS, Bender KJ. PMID: 29206101.
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    12. Prosapip1-Dependent Synaptic Adaptations in the Nucleus Accumbens Drive Alcohol Intake, Seeking, and Reward. Neuron. 2017 Sep 27; 96(1):145-159.e8. Laguesse S, Morisot N, Shin JH, Liu F, Adrover MF, Sakhai SA, Lopez MF, Phamluong K, Griffin WC, Becker HC, Bender KJ, Alvarez VA, Ron D. PMID: 28890345.
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    13. Social Control of Hypothalamus-Mediated Male Aggression. Neuron. 2017 Aug 16; 95(4):955-970.e4. Yang T, Yang CF, Chizari MD, Maheswaranathan N, Burke KJ, Borius M, Inoue S, Chiang MC, Bender KJ, Ganguli S, Shah NM. PMID: 28757304.
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    14. Tonic or Phasic Stimulation of Dopaminergic Projections to Prefrontal Cortex Causes Mice to Maintain or Deviate from Previously Learned Behavioral Strategies. J Neurosci. 2017 08 30; 37(35):8315-8329. Ellwood IT, Patel T, Wadia V, Lee AT, Liptak AT, Bender KJ, Sohal VS. PMID: 28739583.
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    15. Periadolescent Maturation of GABAergic Hyperpolarization at the Axon Initial Segment. Cell Rep. 2017 07 05; 20(1):21-29. Rinetti-Vargas G, Phamluong K, Ron D, Bender KJ. PMID: 28683314.
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    16. D3 Receptors Regulate Excitability in a Unique Class of Prefrontal Pyramidal Cells. J Neurosci. 2017 06 14; 37(24):5846-5860. Clarkson RL, Liptak AT, Gee SM, Sohal VS, Bender KJ. PMID: 28522735.
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    17. A Visible-Light-Sensitive Caged Serotonin. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2017 05 17; 8(5):1036-1042. Cabrera R, Filevich O, García-Acosta B, Athilingam J, Bender KJ, Poskanzer KE, Etchenique R. PMID: 28460173.
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    18. Opposing Effects on NaV1.2 Function Underlie Differences Between SCN2A Variants Observed in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Infantile Seizures. Biol Psychiatry. 2017 08 01; 82(3):224-232. Ben-Shalom R, Keeshen CM, Berrios KN, An JY, Sanders SJ, Bender KJ. PMID: 28256214.
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    19. ß-Arrestin-Dependent Dopaminergic Regulation of Calcium Channel Activity in the Axon Initial Segment. Cell Rep. 2016 08 09; 16(6):1518-1526. Yang S, Ben-Shalom R, Ahn M, Liptak AT, van Rijn RM, Whistler JL, Bender KJ. PMID: 27452469.
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    20. Medial amygdalar aromatase neurons regulate aggression in both sexes. Cell Rep. 2015 Feb 03; 10(4):453-62. Unger EK, Burke KJ, Yang CF, Bender KJ, Fuller PM, Shah NM. PMID: 25620703.
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    21. Interlamellar CA1 network in the hippocampus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Sep 02; 111(35):12919-24. Yang S, Yang S, Moreira T, Hoffman G, Carlson GC, Bender KJ, Alger BE, Tang CM. PMID: 25139992.
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    22. Two-photon compatibility and single-voxel, single-trial detection of subthreshold neuronal activity by a two-component optical voltage sensor. PLoS One. 2012; 7(8):e41434. Fink AE, Bender KJ, Trussell LO, Otis TS, DiGregorio DA. PMID: 22870221.
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    23. The physiology of the axon initial segment. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2012; 35:249-65. Bender KJ, Trussell LO. PMID: 22443507.
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    24. Short- and long-term plasticity at the axon initial segment. J Neurosci. 2011 Nov 09; 31(45):16049-55. Grubb MS, Shu Y, Kuba H, Rasband MN, Wimmer VC, Bender KJ. PMID: 22072655.
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    25. Control of firing patterns through modulation of axon initial segment T-type calcium channels. J Physiol. 2012 Jan 01; 590(1):109-18. Bender KJ, Uebele VN, Renger JJ, Trussell LO. PMID: 22063631.
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    26. Synaptic plasticity in inhibitory neurons of the auditory brainstem. Neuropharmacology. 2011 Apr; 60(5):774-9. Bender KJ, Trussell LO. PMID: 21185317.
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    27. Dopaminergic modulation of axon initial segment calcium channels regulates action potential initiation. Neuron. 2010 Nov 04; 68(3):500-11. Bender KJ, Ford CP, Trussell LO. PMID: 21040850.
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    28. Endocannabinoid signaling is required for development and critical period plasticity of the whisker map in somatosensory cortex. Neuron. 2009 Nov 25; 64(4):537-49. Li L, Bender KJ, Drew PJ, Jadhav SP, Sylwestrak E, Feldman DE. PMID: 19945395.
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    29. Dendritic calcium channels and their activation by synaptic signals in auditory coincidence detector neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Aug; 102(2):1218-26. Blackmer T, Kuo SP, Bender KJ, Apostolides PF, Trussell LO. PMID: 19553482.
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    30. Axon initial segment Ca2+ channels influence action potential generation and timing. Neuron. 2009 Jan 29; 61(2):259-71. Bender KJ, Trussell LO. PMID: 19186168.
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    31. CB1 receptor signaling is required for whisker map development and plasticity in rat somatosensory cortex. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 2008 Dec 1; 26(8):846. L. Li, K.J. Bender, P.J. Drew, E. Sylwestrak, D.E. Feldman. .
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    32. Fidelity of complex spike-mediated synaptic transmission between inhibitory interneurons. J Neurosci. 2008 Sep 17; 28(38):9440-50. Roberts MT, Bender KJ, Trussell LO. PMID: 18799676.
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    33. Postnatal development of cannabinoid receptor type 1 expression in rodent somatosensory cortex. Neuroscience. 2007 Mar 02; 145(1):279-87. Deshmukh S, Onozuka K, Bender KJ, Bender VA, Lutz B, Mackie K, Feldman DE. PMID: 17210229.
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    34. Synaptic basis for whisker deprivation-induced synaptic depression in rat somatosensory cortex. J Neurosci. 2006 Apr 19; 26(16):4155-65. Bender KJ, Allen CB, Bender VA, Feldman DE. PMID: 16624936.
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    35. Two coincidence detectors for spike timing-dependent plasticity in somatosensory cortex. J Neurosci. 2006 Apr 19; 26(16):4166-77. Bender VA, Bender KJ, Brasier DJ, Feldman DE. PMID: 16624937.
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    36. LTD as a Mechanism for Map Plasticity in Rat Barrel Cortex. Development and Plasticity in Sensory Thalamus and Cortex. 2006 Jan 1; 271-287. Kevin J. Bender, Suvarna Deshmukh, Daniel E. Feldman. .
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    37. Development of columnar topography in the excitatory layer 4 to layer 2/3 projection in rat barrel cortex. J Neurosci. 2003 Sep 24; 23(25):8759-70. Bender KJ, Rangel J, Feldman DE. PMID: 14507976.
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    38. Overexpression of monomeric and multimeric GIRK4 subunits in rat atrial myocytes removes fast desensitization and reduces inward rectification of muscarinic K(+) current (I(K(ACh))). Evidence for functional homomeric GIRK4 channels. J Biol Chem. 2001 Aug 03; 276(31):28873-80. Bender K, Wellner-Kienitz MC, Inanobe A, Meyer T, Kurachi Y, Pott L. PMID: 11384974.
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    39. Inheritance of cis-AB in three generations (family Lam.). Vox Sang. 1977; 33(5):290-8. Hummel K, Badet J, Bauermeister W, Bender K, Duffner G, Lopez M, Mauff G, Pulverer G, Salmon C, Schmidts W. PMID: 919419.
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