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Teresa Hinkle Sanders, Ph.D.

Picture1Teresa Hinkle Sanders, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor



Teresa Sanders obtained her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2014 from the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was an NSF and Texas Instruments Fellow. After an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in the Biology Department at Emory University, Dr. Sanders joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in 2016. Prior to 2014, Dr. Sanders worked in imaging missile defense research for Hughes Aircraft Company. She holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

Dr. Sanders’ current research focuses on understanding the function and regulation of synapses in the mammalian brain with a particular interest in neural circuit effects in human disease such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. To conduct these studies, she creates and uses novel optical, electrical, and genetic methods to enable observation and manipulation of the biochemical and electrophysiological signaling associated with synaptic function. 

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