UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
College of William Mary, B.S. in Neuroscience/Chemistry, 2014
Dean’s List, Fall 2010, Spring and Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
Undergraduate: Mathematical modeling of molecular system interaction in the progression of Multiple Sclerosis
Intramural Post-Baccalaureate Trainee at the NIH (NIMH): (1) Rates of protein synthesis in sleep consolidation and in Fragile X Syndrome. (2) The effect of metformin treatment and PDE4D inhibitor treatment on the underlying rates of protein synthesis and behavioral outcomes in fmr1 KO mice.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I was assigned a personal research project in high school AP Chemistry that brought me in a roundabout way to Neuroscience and the biochemistry behind psychological and neurodegenerative disorders. I found it absolutely fascinating and was excited by how much still remains to be discovered. I knew basically at that point that Neuroscience, and inevitably research, was where I was going to end up. The more research I do, the more I love it.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I loved the location, the research opportunities, and - perhaps most of all - the people.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE:
Natalie Steenrod: She really put me at ease. She’s very warm and welcoming.
FAVORITE ITASCA MEMORY:
My favorite Itasca memory is a tie between group movie sessions, week 3 (pharmacology) group presentations, and Chloe's birthday, when we got everyone to go out on the lake together for an hours-long float/paddle, and Armani and I spent 4 hours in a canoe talking in pirate voices.