Carey Lyons

Entering Class - 2016


Undergraduate Institution and Major:

Oberlin College, B.A. Biology and Neuroscience 2015

Graduate Advisor:

Alessandro Bartolomucci, Ph.D., Department of Integrative Physiology and Biology

Thesis Committee Members:

Jonathan Gewirtz, Ph.D., Department of Psychology (Chair)
Alessandro Bartolomucci, Ph.D., Department of Integrative Physiology and Biology
Sylvain Lesne, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Deborah Ferrington, Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology

Description of Graduate Research:

Among other things, I intend to continue a project I began during my 1st year lab rotation, investigating the metabolic and neurological consequences of chronic subordination stress in very old mice.

Research Categories:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases and Neural Injury
  • Neuroendocrine and Homeostatic Systems


Professional Outreach:

  • Neuroscience outreach at the Minnesota State Fair, August 26 2017

What Got You Interested In Research?

I have always been fascinated by all things related to the mind, behavior, emotions and thought processes, but frustrated that no one could explain them to me. At some point in high school I had the bizarre epiphany that all these things and more are orchestrated by physical processes that could be studied and understood. Ever since then I’ve known that I want to spend my life learning as much as I can and generating new knowledge about the complex processes that determine how organisms perceive and relate to their internal and external environment.

Why Did You Choose MN?

University of Minnesota was the program that I knew the least about going into graduate school interviews. When I came to campus, I was completely blown away by the quality of the available research resources and the incredibly supportive community here. I could tell that the students and faculty were passionately and happily engaged in their research and felt that this was the environment that would best facilitate my growth as a scientist and human.

Student Mentor and the Best Advice They Gave:

I feel like every older student I talk to is a mentor to me. I think that feeling of support goes way beyond what any single piece of advice could contribute to my success and well-being.

Favorite Itasca Memory:

My favorite memory from Itasca was at the end of the first week, watching the sunset with my new cohort from kayaks in the middle of the lake, and knowing that I was going to have an incredible, supportive group of friends with me as I went through graduate school!