Losonczy Lab

at the Mortimer Zuckerman Mind Brain and Behavior Institute

Alexandra Kaufman


Graduate Student

Email:  amk2264@cumc.columbia.edu

Research Interests: I am interested in how astrocytes participate in hippocampal network function and behavior.


PhD Student, Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, 2014-present

NSF Graduate Student Research Fellow, 2015-present

Master of Science, Raymond Lab, Neuroscience, University of British Columbia, 2011

Graduate Student Initiative Scholarship, 2009

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, High Distinction, McGill University, 2008


After-school science teacher K-5, 2012-2014

Lab Manager, 2011-2012, Yeretssian Lab, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Master’s Student, Raymond Lab, 2008-2011 

Teaching Assistant, Functional Neuroanatomy for Graduate Students, Functional Neuroanatomy for Medical Students, University of British Columbia, 2009-2011


 Kaufman AM*, Milnerwood AJ*, Sepers MD, Coquinco A, She K, Wang L, Lee H, Craig AM, Cynader M, Raymond LA. (2012). Opposing roles of synaptic and extrasynaptic NMDA receptor signaling in cocultured striatal and cortical neurons. J Neurosci 32(12):3992-4003

Milnerwood AJ*, Kaufman AM*, Sepers MD, Gladding CM, Zhang L, Wang L, Fan J, Coquinco A, Qiao JY, Lee H, Wang YT, Cynader M, Raymond LA.  (2012). Mitigation of augmented extrasynaptic NMDAR signaling and apoptosis in cortico-striatal co-cultures from Huntington’s disease mice. Neurobiol Dis 48(1):40-51 * equal contribution

Fan J, Gladding CM, Wang L, Zhang LY, Kaufman AM, Milnerwood AJ, Raymond LA. (2012). P38 MAPK is involved in enhanced NMDA receptor-dependent excitotoxicity in YAC transgenic mouse moel of Huntington disease. Neurobiol Dis 45(3):999-1009

Milnerwood AJ, Glading CM, Pouladi MA, Kaufman AM, Hines RM, Boyd JD, Ko RW, Vasuta OC, Graham RK, Hayden MR, Murphy TH, Raymond LA (2010). Early increase in extrasynaptic NMDA receptor signaling and expression contributes to phenotype onset in Huntington’s disease mice. Neuron 65(2): 178-90