Caitlin Durkee

Entering Class - 2013

E-MAIL: durke015@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Georgetown University, B.S. in Biology, 2011

GRADUATE ADVISOR

THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DESCRIPTION OF GRADUATE RESEARCH
The focus of the Araque Lab is to better understand the mechanisms and physiological consequences of astrocyte-neuron signaling in various brain regions. My graduate work in particular investigates the properties and consequences of astrocyte-neuron signaling in the dorsolateral striatum, and area implicated in habit formation. We use multiple techniques, including intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology in both slice preparation and in vivo, optogenetic stimulation, DREADDs application, two-photon microscopy, and behavioral testing.

RESEARCH AREAS

  • Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Synaptic Plasticity and Learning

GRADUATE LEVEL AWARDS AND HONORS

  • F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2015
  • Sping and Ying Ngoh Lin Award, 2015
  • Stark Award, 2015

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • The role of astrocytes in mediating neuronal activity in the dorsolateral striatum. Poster presentation at Graduate Program in Neuroscience Retreat, Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 14, 2015.

ROTATIONS

GPN COMMITTEES

  • Council of Graduate Students, 2014-2015
  • Student Board Third Year Representative, 2015-present

PROFESSIONAL OUTREACH

  • Brain Awareness Week Instructor, 2013-2015
  • Social Science, Science Museum of Minnesota, Oct. 2015

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Society for Neuroscience, 2013-present
Caitlin Durkee