Amy Nippert

Entering Class - 2015


Undergraduate Institution and Major:

University of Arizona, B.S., Neuroscience, 2015

Graduate Advisor:

Eric A. Newman, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience 

Thesis Committee Members:

Description of Graduate Research:

My research focuses on how neurovascular coupling changes with diabetes. To this end, we are using a variety of techniques including laser Doppler flowmetry, electrophysiological recordings, and imaging of the cortex in vivo through a cranial window. In addition, our lab also looks at the mechanisms of neurovascular coupling at the cellular level and the interplay between neuronal activity, glial activation, and vascular responses.

Research Categories:

  • Visual Neuroscience 
  • Neuroimaging & Optogenetics

Graduate Level Awards And Honors

  • Morris Smithberg Memorial Prize, 2016
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31), 2017

Graduate Level Publications:

  • Nippert AR, Mishra A, Newman EA. Keeping the brain well fed: The role of capillaries and arterioles in orchestrating functional hyperemia. Neuron. 2018;99(2):248-250.
  • Nippert AR, Biesecker KR, Newman EA. Mechanisms mediating functional hyperemia in the brain. Neuroscientist. 2018;24(1):73-83.


GPN Committees:

  • Seminar Committee, 2016-Present 
  • GPN Student Board Representative, 2017-Present

Professional Outreach:

  • Brains at the Fair, Minnesota State Fair University of Minnesota Booth, August 2016
  • Brain Awareness Week, Oak Park Elementary, October 2016

Why Did You Choose MN?

I choose MN because of the dedication of students and professors to the program in addition to their own laboratories and research. It’s a great place to do research and to be a student.

Student Mentor and the Best Advice They Gave.

Nora McCall: She gave me a lot of helpful advice on choosing a mentor; including encouraging me to rotate with a mentor doing research I hadn’t previous considered one of my interests. She was also very good at helping me consider all aspects of potential mentors: funding, involvement levels, research, and lab environment.

Amy Nippert