UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire B.S., Psychology 2015
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
As an undergraduate I worked in several different laboratories, beginning in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab studying the neurochemical regulation of eating in Sprague Dawley rats. I later joined a laboratory that focused on the experimental analysis of behavior in order to study the environmental variables which affect behavior. After graduation I went to work for the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco where I used several transgenic mouse models to study neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I became interested in research after learning about different neurodevelopmental disorders and how they affect the brain. I had originally wanted to pursue a career as a psychiatrist but felt that I could make a greater impact as a research scientist. I became very interested in merging the two fields of psychiatry and neuroscience, and working within those fields to produce more effective therapies for severe mental disorders.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I choose UMN for the amazing collaborative spirit, the amount and quality of laboratories available to me, and the investment that the university puts into their graduate students. I am very interested in translational neuroscience and was drawn to the collaborative nature of the University of Minnesota where I could work with several different investigators on complimentary projects.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Brendan Hasz: He really helped me to stay calm about rotations and helped me pick several amazing scientists to work with!