Carlos Gonzalez-Islas, PhD


Emory University School of Medicine

Office: Whitehead Bldg. Rm 605J

Phone: 404 727-1518

Fax: 404 727-2648


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Mailing Address:

Department of Physiology

615 Michael Street
Whitehead Bldg. Rm 635

Atlanta, GA 30322



National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). México, D.F. México.

BSc. Biology.

Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Neurosciences. Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV). National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).  México, D.F. México.

Postgraduate Studies Center. Pablo de Olavide University. Sevilla, Spain.

M.Sc. Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.

Research Area:  Neurodevelopmental/Homeostatic Plasticity


I am interested in the processes that generate, shape and reshape the function of the nervous system during development. Specifically, I concentrate my research in the processes that maintain the intrinsic, spontaneous activity exhibited by the embryonic spinal cord before birth known as Spontaneous Network Activity or SNA. SNA is generated by the hyperexcitable embryonic spinal circuits and have a familiar locomotor manifestation: fetal kicking. it has been found that SNA is important for the healthy development of the mature locomotor function. Our lab investigates how mechanisms such as homeostatic plasticity or developmental changes in intracellular ionic concentrations maintain normal levels of SNA and how the disruption of these mechanisms could lead to the abnormal levels of neuronal excitability associated with injury and disease.