Sarah West

Entering Class - 2017

Member of MSTP (MD/PhD) program

E-MAIL: west0883@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
University of Minnesota, B.S., Neuroscience, 2015

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:
Graduated with Honors, Summa Cum Laude, 2015

UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
During undergraduate, I studied movement planning and preparation in humans using magnetoencephalography (MEG) with Dr. Giuseppe Pellizzer. I also studied the electrophysiology of epilepsy in the lab of Dr. Theoden Netoff.  There, I used both in vitro experiments and computational models to analyze seizure activity in the hippocampus. 

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I don’t think I ever accepted that one day I’d be completely trained for a job and would stop learning. Research is learning for a living. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota is well-respected and offers a large variety of opportunities. The Twin Cities have a vibrant culture that balances both a big city and a hometown feel.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE:
Amanda Barks: She told me that my GPN classmates would be one of my most important resources during graduate school, and that I should be sure to reach out to them early on. 

 

Sarah West