Dr Aiste Steponenaite
Aiste completed Biomedical Science degree at the University of Greenwich in 2016. Following this, Aiste joined Medway School of Pharmacy to do a PhD on circadian rhythms and the role of leak potassium channels on the molecular clock. During PhD, Aiste spent nine months at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. Currently, she holds a Research Associate position at the Medway School of Pharmacy and is working in Lall's lab.
Aiste’s research interests are circadian neurobiology and biological rhythms. Mammalian circadian clock located in the brain is affected by environmental stimuli, such as light stimulation and non-photic inputs. It as well as tight endogenous molecular clock regulation. Her work is covering all of these areas with the aim to identify how light driven responses are interpreted by the retina and circadian clock.
Attended conferences: Chronobiology Gordon Research Seminar, 22-23 June 2019, and Chronobiology Gordon Research Conference, 23-28 June, Barcelona. Poster presentation: “The role of TRESK two-pore potassium (K2P) channels in the suprachiasmatic nucleus” FENS regional meeting 2019 – Belgrade, Serbia. Poster presentation: The role of TASK-3 two-pore potassium (K2P) channel in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and behaviour