UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of Wisconsin, B.S. in Neurobiology, 2015
Distinctive Scholastic Achievement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2015
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
In the Department of Ophthalmology I analyzed a neuroprotective drug through in vivo and in vitro photic injury, which is a model of oxidative retinal degeneration.
More recently, in the Department of Neuroscience, I investigated the role of dopamine in motivation and reward processing. I analyzed the effects of a dopamine transporter antagonist, methylphenidate (Ritalin), through behavioral and fMRI studies.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
My initial interest in neuroscience was sparked by a Ted Talk given by Vilayanur Ramachandran (3 Clues to Understanding your Brain). I was very inspired by the idea of learning as a career, and after joining my first research lab, my passion for scientific discovery continued to grow.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience had everything I was looking for in a graduate program – world-class research with enthusiastic faculty and students, set in an exciting place to live. I was especially impressed by the vast array of research on addiction. The summer program at Itasca was a great bonus!
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE:
Morgan Newhoff: She gave me tips on setting up lab rotations.
FAVORITE ITASCA MEMORY:
My favorite Itasca memory was karaoke at Lobo's!