Member of MSTP (MD/PhD) program
UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of California, B.S. in Developmental and Cell Biology, 2011
Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2011
Dean’s Honor List, 2007-2011
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
I worked with Drs. Gary Lynch and Christine Gall at UC Irvine studying hippocampal synaptic plasticity in rodents. Through a combination of electrophysiology, imaging methods, and behavioral tasks, we sought to understand and bridge the molecular mechanisms underlying long-term potentiation and behaviors associated with learning and memory.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I got hooked when I realized that there was little difference between science fiction and reality. Within a research question, I could push the boundaries of knowledge as far as my imagination will go. It’s exciting to be in a field where crazy ideas, creativity, and unique perspectives are the norm.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
Minnesota offers a unique and extraordinarily cohesive climate that will facilitate my growth as a person. The Graduate Program in Neuroscience and Medical Sciences Training Program’s collaborative and rigorous training coupled with their extensive resources is an excellent environment to do creative research and foster success as a future physician-scientist.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE:
Brian Sweis: Learn for the sake of learning because neuroscience is fun and exciting stuff. Utilize classes to hone critical thinking and interpretation skills as a creative and rigorous scientist.
FAVORITE ITASCA MEMORY:
On our last weekend, we invaded the small local bar for karaoke night. It was a night full of shenanigans, tear-inducing laughter, and moments we will never forget.