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Murcar, Micaela

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Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“I am primarily interested in studying cellular and molecular neurobiology of disease. I enjoy researching molecular mechanisms of inherited neurodegenerative diseases and would be interested in investigating the contribution of neuroimmunology and inflammation in disease pathogenesis. I would like to expand my knowledge of disease recapitulation in new stem cell models such as multi-cell type organoid cultures. Finally, I am interested in learning and applying bioinformatics analyses towards uncovering abnormal genetic signatures in inherited diseases.”

Milla, Hazel

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Computational Biology, Neurobiology

“I am interested in using computational tools to study neuroimmunology, systems neuroscience, or genetics and epigenetics.”

McDonald, Samuel

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Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“Broadly, I am interested in defining neural circuits involved in substance use disorders. I am particularly curious about understanding how these circuits can change in response to prolonged drug use and how these changes may impact behavior and affective states. For instance, I seek to explore questions such as: “How can substance use disorders, and the neural adaptations they induce, impact an individual’s ability to respond to stress?””

Masters, Brianna

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Behavior, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“I am interested in studying the molecular mechanisms of addiction and addictive behaviors. Specifically, I an interested in studying how alterations in neural signaling pathways contribute to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), or opioid use disorder.”

Kesmen, Deniz

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Molecular Medicine, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in studying networks of different cell types during neurodevelopment as well as neurodegeneration, as two sides of the same coin, in order to understand how a healthy network responds to be able to influence therapy. I am particularly interested in using novel and/or improved molecular vectors, to develop new therapeutical approaches, and to investigate new technological advances.”

Huynh, Tram

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Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology

“I am interested broadly in neurobiology. More specifically, I want to understand how different cell types in the brain work and interact in normal environment and in disease contexts.”

Huizar, Kaitlyn

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Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology

“I am broadly interested in developmental neurobiology in the context of psychiatric illnesses and learning disabilities. Within this scope, I am interested in studying time periods ranging from perinatal through adolescence and am flexible with techniques and model systems.

Some topics of interest within include: alcohol and drug abuse, pharmacology, sleep, nutrition, stress exposure, cognition, genetics/epigenetics, biochemistry/cell/molecular biology, bioinformatics/computational biology. To list some techniques of interest: wet lab/biochemical assays, imaging (both tissue staining and fMRI), animal/human behavioral assays, and computational algorithms.”

Grizzard, Sawyer

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Development, Neurobiology, Physiology

“I am interested in pursuing neuroscience-based research, primarily at the intersection of behavior and molecular mechanisms. I would like to contribute to knowledge regarding learning and memory, development, health optimization, disease/disorder progression, and the like, in particular explaining the molecular underpinnings of relevant behaviors. I have a particular interest in sleep research, though I am interested in gaining experience in other domains as well.”

Evans, Elliot

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Cell Biology, Cell Signaling, Neurobiology

“I am interested in understanding the cellular biology of neurons and non-neuronal cells that make up the nervous system. I am specifically interested in investigating proteins governing the functionality of these cells to enhance our knowledge on the basic mechanisms of these cells.”

Echeveste Sanchez, Maria

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Behavior, Neurobiology, Pharmacology

“I am interested in studying the neural mechanisms behind motivated behavior. More specifically I would like to study how changes in these mechanisms contribute to maladaptive behavior seen in addiction.”