Undergraduate Institution and Major:
University of Wisconsin, B.S. in Neurobiology, 2017
Gordon Smith, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Graduate Program Committees:
Undergraduate or Post-Bac Research:
I worked for several years in Dr. Michelle Cuicci’s lab studying Parkinson’s Disease and aggregation of alpha-synuclein in the peripheral nervous system.
Additionally, I spent time in Dr. Tony Auger’s lab examining the effects of early life experience on epigenetics.
Why Did You Choose MN?
I was overwhelmed by how supportive the neuroscience community was on campus. Faculty members are approachable, and at all levels everyone genuinely seems to want to see you succeed.
Student Mentor and the Best Advice They Gave:
Zoe Christenson Wick: When seeking to set up a rotation with a potential advisor, ask them when would be the best time to do the rotation. Often labs have certain times of the year when they have more experiments planned. In order to get the most out of a rotation you’ll want to join at the beginning of a project; not, for example, when they’re waiting for animals to arrive.
Favorite Itasca Memory:
The rainy day when we did puzzles, played board games, and put all the mattresses together to watch movies.