Dr. Alexandra Hochstetler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lehtinen Laboratory at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She completed her PhD at Indiana University with a focus on the mechanisms by which aberrant ion channels in the choroid plexus can lead to hydrocephalus. Dr. Hochstetler’s primary research interest is in studying mechanisms of white matter damage in perinatal brain injury, with a specific focus on post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus of prematurity. Her current project investigates the role of the choroid plexus in instructing myelination of the central nervous system. She also studies the variations in choroid plexus transcriptomes across different species. As part of this work, she studies targeted gene therapy approaches in a large animal model of hydrocephalus in collaboration with the Sadegh, Lehtinen, and Costine-Bartell Laboratories. Teaching and mentoring is one of Dr. Hochstetler’s greatest joys, and she is currently TA-ing for the Pathology of Human Disease course at Harvard Medical School.