Current In-Prep Postbacs

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Leah Vinson: Leah graduated from a Northwestern University in 2016, where she earned a Bachelor in Science as a Neuroscience major.
PI: John Disterhoft (Professor in Physiology)

“Currently, I am investigating learning and memory mechanisms of the somatosensory cortex in mice using an eyeblink conditioning task with a somatosensory stimulus, whisker vibration, as the Conditioned Stimulus. I am using advanced and exciting techniques such as Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs), optogenetics, and a well-controlled behavioral task to investigate the role of the somatosensory cortex and its different subareas in mediating the storage and retrieval of long-term memories.”

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Luzivette Robles: Luzivette graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras in 2016, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology.
PI: Liming Li (Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics)

“My project uses yeast models, which express either neurodegeneration proteins or prion proteins, to screen various compounds for inhibiting aggregation and toxicity. I measure yeast cell growth and protein aggregation to determine the effectiveness of the different compounds. Identifying compounds that both inhibit or eliminate prions and neurodegenerative proteins could help explain the molecular mechanisms through which they propagate.”

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Kayla Miguel: Kayla earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in 2016, where she majored in Neuroscience.
PI: Tom Bozza (Associate Professor in Neurobiology)

“I am researching a small family of odorant receptors called the trace amine-associated receptors or TAARs. I am trying to understand how the TAARs play a role in the perception of odors and the detection of social cues in mice.”