At SLU I majored in Neuroscience, was a McNair Scholar and participated in a research project with Dr. Joe Erlichman, starting the summer of my sophomore year and continuing into senior year. The research project I was involved in was entitled the Neuroprotective effects of Cerium Oxide nanoparticles and I tested the neuroprotective capacity of different nanoparticle compositions in hippocampal brain slice model of stroke.
Post grad-Biography: I am currently working at Northeastern University as a research technician in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab. Our lab studies sex differences in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a rat model, looking specifically at projections from the basolateral amygdala (BLA) to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and how these are affected by different manipulations including fear conditioning, extinction and drug treatments. My role in the lab includes completing most of the immunohistochemistry work and confocal microscopy. I image brain slices and stain for the colocalization of c-Fos and Flurogold; c-Fos is a neuronal marker of activity giving us an indication of which neurons are active during our fear conditioning paradigm whereas fluorogold is a retrograde tracer injected before our behavioral paradigms begin, so that we can be sure the cells that are active are in the circuit we are interested in (BLA-PFC). I plan on working at Northeastern for another year, as I begin to apply for Neuroscience PhD programs for matriculation in Fall 2014.