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Diane O’Dowd is interested in the cellular mechanisms underlying human epilepsy. O’Dowd and her lab members study epilepsy-causing mutations in genetic models in knock-in flies, mice, and induced human pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Cellular changes conserved in the different models provide important insight into patient-specific mechanisms underlying genetic epilepsy. To support faculty and engage undergraduates in science, she develops strategies that allow faculty to build and maintain successful research programs while creating dynamic learning environments in large introductory biology classes.