UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Coe College, B.A. in Biology, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience
Dean’s list: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015; Outstanding Biology Senior Award; Member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
I had several research opportunities as an undergraduate, including the study of how psychological stress under a chronic variable stress paradigm or an acute stress paradigm increases markers of neuroinflammation, conditioned drug-seeking behavior and the cocaine deprivation effect, as well as immunology research. My favorite was the study of neuroinflammatory markers because the faculty member was right out of his post-doctoral studies, and I was able to help him start his research laboratory at the college.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
Since I was a child, I have always wanted to be a research scientist. When I was in sixth grade I read a Scientific American article about mirror neurons, and I have been on that path since. Being in the lab feels like home.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I chose Minnesota after seeing presentations by some of the faculty at the Midbrains Conference during my junior year. The faculty are well-rounded and collaborative. In addition, Itasca is great opportunity. Minnesota is also home of the best lindy hoppers (dancers) in the world, and when I have time outside of school, that is what I do for fun.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Zoe Christenson Wick: When I was struggling to find a first rotation, she gave me a list of people to contact.