Carlee Toddes

Entering Class - 2016

E-MAIL: todde001@umn.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire B.S., Psychology 2015 

Graduate Advisor:

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.

Rotations:

Kelvin O. Lim, MD, Department of Psychiatry
Matthew Chafee, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

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!

Carlee Toddes