UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Neuroscience major, chemistry minor, 2013
- Neuroscience Departmental Honors
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
Dr. Judy Cameron’s Lab: We investigated how different novel neurotrophic factors affect motor function, cognitive ability, and sleep patterns in a unilateral MPTP model of Parkinson’s Disease in rhesus macaques.
Dr. Stephen Suomi’s Lab: We used EEG to look for evidence of mirror neurons in infant rhesus macaques.
Dr. Michael Palladino’s Lab: I maintained Drosophilia melanogaster genetic strains and conducted daily phenotypic screenings to facilitate research on mutations affecting Na/K ATPase expression in rapid-onset dystonic Parkinsonism.
Dr. Mortimer Mishkin’s Lab: As a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), I worked on elucidating neural mechanisms of rhesus macaque vocalization production and perception by recording with an ECoG array implanted over the left hemisphere.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I was first interested in research after learning about how diseases affect the brain and wanting to find out more about how disrupting neural circuits resulted in abnormal behaviors. I am most interested in translating that basic knowledge of disease research into therapeutics for human patient populations.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I chose MN for a couple reasons. Foremost, the GPN has fantastic neurodegenerative disease research, and there were many labs in which I could see myself working. Along those lines, I wanted to join the IGERT program and bring neural engineering techniques into my neuroscience research. While looking at graduate programs, the GPN was the only program I found that has a strong record of facilitating career exploration outside of academia. Maybe most importantly, I liked the people in the program.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Zoé Christenson Wick told me “Don’t stress out about classes” and “Watch Jessica Jones.”