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Winn, Alex

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Computational Biology, Neurobiology, Systems Biology

“I am interested in pursuing research in the field of computational neuroscience, specifically investigating the neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation. My focus lies in using computational models to understand how neural circuits process information and adapt to changing environments, with the ultimate goal of uncovering fundamental principles of brain function.”

Wang, Xing

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Cardiovascular Biology, Immunology, Neurobiology, Stem Cells

“I am fascinated by the field of stem cell biology. The great potential and ground-breaking findings it presents motivate me to further investigate the mechanisms of how stem cells communicate with their environment and how they integrate signals to differentiate.”

Ulloa Avila, Tatiana

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Genetics, Genomics, Neurobiology

“I am interested in studying chromatin architecture and the role that it plays on gene regulation in the context of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. Moreover, I would like to generate an impact with my research by applying my findings to the area of therapeutics.”

Trumbo, Aftyn

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Immunology, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“I’m interested in a variety of research topics pertaining to neurodegeneration. In particular I desire to expand our understanding of environmental factors that influence the onset of age related dementias. I’m fascinated by asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease, particularly what neuroprotective factors maintain cognitive function in these individuals with full plaque and tau pathology. Furthermore, I’m intrigued by lipids, fungi, and mental illness and their roles in neurodegeneration.”

Tilton, Hayleigh

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Cell Signaling, Neurobiology, Neuropsychopharmacology, Pharmacology

“I am interested in elucidating neural mechanisms of newly-appointed therapeutics such as psychedelics or cannabinoids as well as understanding the mechanisms and function of synaptic plasticity in relation to these drugs. Research questions I am interested in include:

– “In what ways does the mechanism of neuroplasticity promoted by MDMA differ from that produced by other psychedelics (e.g.: psilocybin) and/or “non-therapeutic” drugs (e.g.: cocaine)?”

– “What are the long-term neural effects of regular psychedelic therapy (e.g. Ketamine infusions)?”

-“Do/how do minor cannabinoids and other phytochemicals such as terpenes interact with D-9-THC or each other at the neurological level to exert therapeutic effects?” “

Thompson, Tyler

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Drug Discovery, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“I am extremely motivated to explore mechanisms of addiction and the neurobiology of polysubstance use. I aim to eventually develop novel pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders, with a particular interest in treating opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. My broader research interests lie not only within neuroscience but also in the areas of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry.”

Smith, Audrey

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Behavior, Cell Biology, Neurobiology

“I am interested in neuroscience research that delves into the molecular mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, addiction, and neurodevelopmental disorders. I am particularly interested in how stressors affect the progression of these mechanisms.”

Side, Christine

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Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“I am interested in parsing out the mesocorticolimbic and biobehavioral mechanisms contributing to the development of alcohol and substance use disorders. In addition, I would love to utilize preclinical models of these disorders to explore the intersectionality of AUD/SUD and other common neuropsychiatric comorbidities (e.g.: PTSD, anxiety, depression) on a system, circuit, and/or molecular level.”

Pires, Sabrina

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Gene Therapy, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“Within neuroscience, I am most interested in gene therapy and translational research questions as opposed to basic science questions. I prefer to have access to a clinical population (not necessarily conduct research on this population) whether that be through clinic visits or actual clinical models. I am fine working with animals and am interested in how animal models can be translated to clinical models. I am open to outside of neuroscience such as blood diseases.”

Pant, Akshi

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Drug Discovery, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“I have a keen interest in studying the brain as a chemical system. Chemical interactions, drug discovery, delivery, and elucidating chemical pathways in the brain are all areas of research that pique my curiosity.”