Austin Ferro

Entering Class - 2015

E-MAIL: ferro029@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR: Skidmore College, B.A., Neuroscience, 2015

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:

  • Top finalist in the Student Poster Competition at the Neurotrauama Symposium, 2013
  • Student Opportunity Fund- Travel to Present, 2013, 2014
  • Summer Collaborative Research Grant, 2013, 2014
  • Hartnett Prize for Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience. 2015
  • The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Research travel award, 2015

UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:

I was involved in multiples studies, mainly pertaining to neurodegeneration. In high school, I was involved with studies that looked at long term effects of traumatic brain injury as well as exposure to pesticides that may be involved with Gulf War Illness. While in college, I studied epigenetic effects of lead on circadian rhythms but focused mainly on molecular mechanisms of disease progression of spinocerebellar ataxia type 1. In the latter lab, I focused on potential mitochondrial dysfunction as a potential mechanism for Purkinje cell atrophy in the cerebellum.

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
What got me into research was the first time I looked at brain tissue under a microscope that I had stained. Seeing the faint (and now looking back upon it), pretty horrid staining of astroglia left me awestruck and wanting to pursue a career in neuroscience.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN? I chose Minnesota due to the awesome research opportunities that are available here.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
The best advice Katie Tonn gave me was to have fun at Itasca!

 

Austin Ferro