UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Skidmore College, Neuroscience and Psychology
Joseph C. Palamountain all-college writing award (2013), Amy Eisenberg Memorial Award in psychology (2013), Thoroughbred Society for varsity athletes, departmental honors in Neuroscience and Psychology
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
As an undergrad I was involved in two main research areas: studying the cognitive processes involved normal skilled reading and studying the effect of cannabinoids on female rat sexual behavior. My post-bac at the Burke Medical Research Institute focused on spinal cord injury, specifically the effect of autologous Schwann cell transplantation as a possible therapy. I also worked on developing a high-throughput method of cell quantification for use in live animals. Our work on chronic spinal cord injury focused on the characterization of retraction bulbs and the protein synthesis and degradation machinery that might be involved in their formation.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I was always curious about the why behind behavior. Neuroscience was that link between biology and behavior, and I was hooked.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I was looking for a school that wasn’t afraid to push boundaries, was doing a variety of impactful research, and had a supportive atmosphere with great camaraderie among the students.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Jennifer Cook: The classes will be a lot (of work), but just keep pushing through, because everyone else is in the same position.