Reshma Gore

Entering Class - 2015


Undergraduate Institution and Major:

University of Scranton, B.S. in Neuroscience, 2015

Undergraduate Awards:

Neuroscience Student of the Year Award at the University of Scranton, 2015

Graduate Advisor(s):  

Lucy Vulchanova, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Thesis Committee Members:

Description of Graduate Research:  

Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its cognate receptor, tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB), signaling has been implicated in neuropathic pain processes. I am interested in studying the role of BDNF-TrkB signaling in spinal nociceptive circuitry. 

Research Categories:

  • Neurobiology of Pain & Somatosensation

Graduate Level Abstracts:

  • Gore RS, Riedl MS, Heyder H, Fairbanks CA, Honda CN, Vulchanova L. Selective peripheral neuromodulation through organ-specific AAV-mediated gene transfer. Minnesota neuromodulation symposium, Minneapolis, MN, 2017.  
  • Moen JK, Touchette JC, Gore RS, Maertens JJ, O’Rourke KY, Lee AM. Sex differences in protein kinase C epsilon regulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor-dependent behaviors. Second annual Wallin Neuroscience Discovery day symposium. Minneapolis, MN, 2017.
  • Riedl MS, Gore RS, Heyder H, Honda CN, Vulchanova L. AAV-mediated transduction of primary afferent neurons following intracolonic viral vector administration. Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, CA, 2016.


Lucy Vulchanova, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience

Anna Lee, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology

Jonathan Gewirtz, Ph.D., Department of Psychology

GPN Committees:

Community Outreach Committee

Professional Outreach:

Minnesota State Brain Bee (2016)

Brain Awareness Week presentation at local middle schools (2016)

Brain Booth at Minnesota State Fair (2016, 2017)

AMS STEM Academy outreach event (2017)

Professional Memberships:

Society for Neuroscience, 2014-current

Why Did You Choose MN?

The vibrant pain research community at UMN initially attracted me to this program. During interview weekend, I recognized that the Graduate Program in Neuroscience represented the ideal environment for scientific training due to its friendly, collaborative, and supportive nature combined with challenging and rigorous coursework. 

What Advice Would You Give a First Year Graduate Student?

Stay curious and keep an open mind. You will be exposed to a ton of new ideas and information during the first year. Don’t be afraid to explore different research areas, but be mindful of the questions that capture your interests. 

Reshma Gore