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Frida Teran-Garza, M6G



MSTP Learning Community: Boulware

MSTP Entry Date: June 16, 2014

PhD Program:



George Richerson, MD, PhD

Epilepsy, Dietary Therapies, and SUDEP: the Role of Serotonin and CO2 Chemoreception

Thesis Defense:  August 26, 2021


  • 2015-2016 - Vice President - CCOM Latino Medical Student Association
  • 2016-2017 - President - CCOM Latino Medical Student Association
  • 2017-2020 - Co-President, CCOM Latino Medical Student Association
  • 2020-2021 - Social Activities Chair, Association of Multicultural Scientists
  • 2020-Present - Medical Spanish Coordinator, CCOM Latino Medical Student Association
  • 2016-2018 - MSTP Wellness Committee
  • 2018-2020 - MSTP Wellness Committee (Co-Chair)
  • 2018-present - MSTP Monday Committee
  • 2020-present - MSTP Wellness Committee


  • 2014 - Alfred P. Sloan Scholarship for Minority PhD Students
  • 2015-2017 - Vice President - CCOM Latino Medical Student Association
  • 2016-2017 - President - CCOM Latino Medical Student Association
  • 2018 - 1st place Award in the Neuroscience Division, for poster at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the APSA
  • 2018 - Fellowship Award NINDS F31 NS110333 "A novel dietary therapy for epilepsy: potential mechanisms of action"
  • 2019 - Diversity Travel Award, for abstract at the 34th Annual MD/PhD National Student Conference, Copper Mountain, CO
  • 2019 - CCOM Trainee Scholar Travel Award
  • 2020 - American Epilepsy Society as a winner of the 2020 Young Investigator Award

Individual Funding Awards:

09/17/2018 - 09/16/2023
F31 NS110333 (National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke)
A novel dietary therapy for epilepsy: potential mechanisms of action


2018 Spring - ACB:6252 Functional Neuroanatomy Teaching Assistant


2013 - BS, Biology - St. Mary's University


ORCiD:  0000-0002-3518-5805

Cerpa VJ, Wu Y, Bravo E, Teran FA, Flynn RS, Richerson GB. Medullary 5-HT neurons: Switch from tonic respiratory drive to chemoreception during postnatal development. Neuroscience. 2017 Mar 6;344:1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.09.002. Epub 2016 Sep 9. PubMed PMID: 27619736; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5303637.

Teran FA, Massey CA, Richerson GB. Serotonin neurons and central respiratory chemoreception: where are we now?. Prog Brain Res. 2014;209:207-33. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63274-6.00011-4. Review. PubMed PMID: 24746050; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4486262.

Teran FA, Massey CA & Richerson GB. Overview of Section on Current Research on Causes of SUDEP. In: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: a global conversation, eds. D. Chapman, B. Moss, R. Panelli, and R. Pollard, Epilepsy Australia Ltd, Camberwell, Victoria, 2018 edition.

Wu Y, Proch KL, Teran FA, Lechtenberg RJ, Kothari H, Richerson GB. Chemosensitivity of Phox2b-expressing retrotrapezoid neurons is mediated in part by input from 5-HT neurons. J Physiol. 2019 May;597(10):2741-2766. doi: 10.1113/JP277052. Epub 2019 Mar 28. PMID: 30866045; PMCID: PMC6826216.

Teran FA, Kim Y, Crotts MS, Bravo E, Emaus KJ, Richerson GB. Time of Day and a Ketogenic Diet Influence Susceptibility to SUDEP in Scn1aR1407X/+ Mice. Front Neurol. 2019;10:278. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00278. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 30984098; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6449461.

Wenker IC, Teran FA, Wengert ER, Wagley PK, Panchal PS, Blizzard EA, Saraf P, Wagnon JL, Goodkin HP, Meisler MH, Richerson GB, Patel MK. Postictal Death Is Associated with Tonic Phase Apnea in a Mouse Model of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2021 May;89(5):1023-1035. doi: 10.1002/ana.26053. Epub 2021 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 33604927.

Crotts MS, Kim Y, Bravo E, Richerson GB, Teran FA. A ketogenic diet protects DBA/1 and Scn1aR1407X/+ mice against seizure-induced respiratory arrest independent of ketosis. Epilepsy Behav. 2021 Sep 29;124:108334. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2021.108334. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34600281.