Amanda Hernan

Assistant Professor at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont

I am a recently-appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Epilepsy, Cognition and Development Group at the University of Vermont College of Medicine (start date: September 2019). My lab focuses on neuropeptides as modulators of developing neural networks both in health and in the context of pediatric epilepsy.

PEMM prepared me really well for my life as an Assistant Professor. I feel that both the coursework and the research I did during my time at Dartmouth gave me a thorough and really well-rounded science perspective that I use every day.


  • PhD, '13, Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine, Dartmouth College
  • BS, BA, '07, Case Western Reserve University

Selected Publications

  • Hernan AE, Alexander A, Lenck-Santini PP, Scott RC, Holmes GL. Attention deficit associated with early life interictal spikes in a rat model is improved with ACTH. PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e89812.

  • Hernan AE, Alexander A, Jenks KR, Barry J, Lenck-Santini PP, Isaeva E, Holmes GL, Scott RC. Focal epileptiform activity in the prefrontal cortex is associated with long-term attention and sociability deficits. Neurobiol Dis. 2014; 63:25-34.

  • Iseava E, Hernan A, Iseav D, Holmes GL. Thrombin facilitates seizures through activation of persistent sodium current. Ann Neurol 2012; 72:192-8.

  • Hernan A, Holmes GL, Isaev D, Scott R, Isaeva E. Altered short-term plasticity in the prefrontal cortex after early life seizures. Neurobiol Dis. 2012; 50C:120-126.

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  • Awards

    Questcor Pharmaceuticals Investigator Initiated Grant, September 2011 - June 2012

    Dartmouth Graduate Student Travel Award, 2011

  • Funding

    NINDS K22 Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award