Julianna Goenaga

Entering Class - 2018

E-MAIL:  goena003@umn.edu

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

Arizona State University, B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2013

Graduate Advisor:

DGS in First Year (A. David Redish, Department of Neuroscience)


Alfonso Araque, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience
Paul Mermelstein, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Undergraduate or Post-Bac Research:

I was an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Janet Neisewander's lab. I assisted with projects looking at social reward and nicotine intake. I worked at a salivary bioscience lab at Arizona State University after undergrad. Then I worked at Barrow Neurological Institute studying epilepsy. Finally, I worked in Dr. Cassandra Gipson's lab studying sex differences in N-acetylcysteine treatment for nicotine seeking. 

Undergraduate Publications:

  • Bastle R, Peartree NA, Goenaga JG, Hatch K, Henricks A, Scott S, Hood L, Neisewander JL. Immediate early gene expression reveals interactions between social and nicotine rewards on brain activity in adolescent male rats. Behav Brain Res. 2016;313:244-254.
  • Peartree N, Hatch K, Goenaga JG, Dado N, Hanna M, Dufwenberg M, Campagna A, Mendoza R, Cheung T, Talboom J, Neisewander JL. Social context has differential effects on acquisition of nicotine self-administration in male and female rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017;234:1815-1828.
  • Overby PF, Daniels CW, Del Franco A, Goenaga J, Powell GL, Gipson CD, Sanabria F. Effects of nicotine self-administration on incentive salience in male Sprague Dawley rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2018;235:1121-1130.

What Got You Interested In Research?

I read the book "The Brain that Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge and later learned about Ramon y Cajal. I joined a lab to see if research was the path for me and became hooked ever since. 

Why Did You Choose MN?

 I was drawn to the collaborative and supportive environment. It seems like people here really want to see their students succeed. 

Favorite Itasca Memory:

Seeing a woodchuck and a loon for the first time. Don't see a lot of those in the desert! Also seeing all of the stars at night was amazing. 

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