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Neuroscience Graduate Students


Academic Year 2016

 Nicholas George

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Jesse Gilmer

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Andrew Mecca

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Laura Nettles

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Emma Boxer

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Karlie Fedder

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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Academic Year 2015

 Alex Hughes

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Shelly Jones

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

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 Megan Josey

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Georgia Buscaglia

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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 Noah Goodson

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2016

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Academic Year 2014

 Marisa DeGuzman

Lab: First Year Student- still rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: I felt an immediate sene of comradery and colaboration, along with the excellent research.

What labs you rotated in: I first rotated in Sukumar Vijayaraghavan’s lab looking at the alpha-7 subtype of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the mouse olfactory bulb.
I am currently rotating in Guido Frank’s lab analyzing brain fMRI data from adolescents with anorexia nervosa performing in a monetary reward task.


What lab you joined and why: N/A

Short description of your project: N/A

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX); Biology B.S. & Experimental Psychology B.A.

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What you like to do outside of school: Spending time with my puppy, being outside, painiting, reading, and the zoo!1

 Jacki Essig

Lab: First Year Student- Rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

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 Ethan Guthman

Lab: First Year Student- Rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: It was just hands down the best fit for me from the research being done, the program’s environment and atmosphere, the students and faculty I met when I interviewed, the city — I could go on and on.


What labs you rotated in: Diego Restrepo, Molly Huntsman, Abby Person

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Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were:  University at Buffalo, the State University of New York; B.S. In Psychology.

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I took the summer to travel across the US and Italy.

What you like to do outside of school: I enjoy ultimate frisbee, music, reading — I guess consuming stories of any kind really — and taking advantage of the immense outdoors adventures here.

 

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 Robert Heffern

Lab: First Year Student- Rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

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What labs you rotated in: Klug, Rennie, TBD

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Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: USCS: Applied Physics with Thesis

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 Hannah Redwine

Lab: First Year Student- Rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

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 Dylan Verden

Lab: First Year Student- Rotating in labs

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

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 Andrew Wolf (MSTP 2012)

Lab: Felsen Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2014

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Academic Year 2013

 Julbert Caneus (BSP 2012)

Lab: Huntington Potter

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2013

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: The cross collaboration between faculty and all the resources available to students on campus.

What labs you rotated in: Gapin, Pfenninger, Potter

What lab you joined and why: I joined Dr. Potter's lab to continue a project I started working on and because he is also a great mentor.

Short description of your project: 

I am looking at the prevalence of aneuploidy in multiple neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, FTD and Huntington’s disease and plan to investigate the role of such abnormality in the pathogenesis of these diseases.   

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were:

 I completed both my B.S. in Biology and my M.S. in Biotechnology at the University of South Florida.

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Worked as a Research Assistant

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in:

Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, Global Down Syndrome Foundation

What you like to do outside of school: Play and watch sports and work out4

 Ted Doykos

Lab: Person

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2013

Why you chose the
CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: Excellent faculty and collaborative environment

What labs you rotated in: Matthew Kennedy, Nathan Schoppa, and Abby Person Labs

What lab you joined and why: Abby Person

Short description of your project: Characterizing the morphology of short axons cells in the olfactory bulb of DAT-cre/Tomato mice

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: University of Colorado Boulder; B.A. Psychology

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Taught chess in elementary schools

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: N/A

What you like to do outside of school: Ski, golf, bike, and play chess

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 Justin Losacco

Lab: Restrepo Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2013


Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: The opportunity for collaboration seemed endless and the research program fit well with my goals.


What labs you rotated in: Freed, Brooks-Kayal, Restrepo


What lab you joined and why: I joined Diego Restrepo’s lab for a number of reasons. Diego’s got a great record, he and the lab members are extremely supportive, and Diego gives the freedom essential in the development of independent research.


Short description of your project: I am undertaking an optical electrophysiological approach to determine the involvement of olfactory circuits (from bulb to cortex) in hyperexcitability and propagation of seizures.


Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were:  Regis University. Major: Neuroscience. Minors: Spanish and Psychology. 


What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I worked in a lab at Denver Health conducting murine TBI research. 

 

What you like to do outside of school: I enjoy the outdoors.

 

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 Britni Sanchez (BSP 2012)

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2013

Why you chose the UCHSC Neuroscience Program: I came into UCHSC under the biomedical sciences program which gave me the opportunity to explore labs in any of the programs during my first year rotations. I was attracted to rotations in a diverse range of labs conducting neuroscience research. During this first year I was able to experience courses, seminars, and social events through the neuroscience program and found that it was a good fit for me. 

What labs you rotated in: Matthew Kennedy, Nathan Schoppa, Tania Reis, Diego Restrepo

What lab you joined and why: I joined Nathan Schoppa's lab because he is an excellent mentor and I was enthusiastic about the projects I could be working on as well learning the techniques being used in the lab.

Short description of your project: I use electrophysiological and optical methods to study neural circuits in the olfactory system.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Kansas State University, BS Biology

What you like to do outside of school: I enjoy soccer, hiking, and cooking.
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Academic Year 2012

 Christy Beitzel

Lab: Person Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2013

Why you chose the
CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: I chose this program for the collaborative atmosphere and how friendly all the faculty and students are.

What labs you rotated in: Tim Benke, Abigail Person, Tom Finger

What lab you joined and why: I joined the Person lab because I had a strong interest in motor systems as well as a project that had a translational aspect. I also really enjoyed the lab dynamics and felt Abby would be a great mentor who would provide the skills needed to become a successful scientist.

Short description of your project: Cerebellar processing and psychosis in schizophrenia.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: University of California, Riverside;  B.S. Neuroscience

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I taught SAT prep courses as well as worked as a research technician at U.C. Riverside for a year before starting at UCHSC.

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: admissions/recruitment committee, journal club committee

What you like to do outside of school: I really enjoy the outdoors; hiking and camping here in Colorado is amazing. I also enjoy going to the movies, knitting, reading, etc.
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 Aaron Bowen (MSTP 2010)

Lab: Kennedy Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012 (2010 MSTP)

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: One of the major strengths of the neuroscience program here is that faculty interests span the spectrum from ion channel structure to neuronal biology and systems neuroscience. I think the biggest neuroscience advances in the coming years are going to be those that combine these different ways of looking at the nervous system and we are very well situated to do that here. It also means that there are a lot of options for students, regardless of their research interests. Overall the program is a very welcoming and collaborative place to conduct research.

What labs you rotated in: Murphy Lab, Eckel Lab, Kennedy Lab

What lab you joined and why: I joined the Kennedy lab because of his supportive and engaging mentoring style as well as the fact that there are a number of exciting projects concerning synaptic biology going on in the lab - many of which take advantage of innovative molecular tools.

Short description of your project: The goal of my main project is to investigate how the dendritic secretory system is compartmentalized to help synaptic proteins reach their correct destination using a system in which tagged proteins are inducibly released from the endoplasmic reticulum.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: I want to the University of California - Santa Cruz and majored in MCDB.

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I spent one year as a post-bac fellow at the National Institutes of Health before coming to Colorado.

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What you like to do outside of school: Hiking, camping, cooking.8

 Andrew Bubak

Lab: Dr. John Swallow

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: Great reputation and quality of faculty.

What labs you rotated in: Dr. Manisha Patel, Dr. Steve Britt, Dr. John Sladek

What lab you joined and why: I completed my M.S. with Dr. Swallow which I decided to continue into my Ph.D.  I also have a project in Dr. Sladek's lab which I continued from my rotation.

Short description of your project: In Dr. Swallow's lab I am looking at the biochemical mechanisms involved in aggression, specifically the serotonergic system.  In Dr. Sladek's lab I am investigating the effects of cell transplantations in Parkinson's disease. 

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: I received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry at the University of South Dakota as well as a M.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience.

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Straight to Ph.D. program Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in:

What you like to do outside of school: sail, play sports, and travel

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 Tania Eliseeva

Lab: Joseph Brzezinski

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: The collaborative and supportive atmosphere among program administration, faculty, and students.

What labs you rotated in: Ulli Bayer, Bruce Appel, Joseph Brzezinski

What lab you joined and why: Brzezinski Lab because of the mentorship and project. He is very accessible and takes a real interest in your well-being and progression toward your goals.  Also because he’s a newer faculty member, he had a lot of projects to choose from and gives you freedom to explore.

Short description of your project: I’m characterizing the regulatory networks responsible for cell fate choice in the retina. Specifically, I’m identifying elements upstream of Blimp1, a transcription factor that’s important for photoreceptor identity during development.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: George Washington University, double-major in Biological Sciences and Russian Language and Literature

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I worked as a research assistant in the Biochemistry Department at GWU for a year.

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Vision Science Journal Club, Journal Club Committee

What you like to do outside of school: Hike in the mountains, snowboard, cross-country ski, paint2

 Jeff Forte

Lab: Matthew Kennedy

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the
CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: I chose this program because of the exciting research being done and the collaborative environment of the program, as well as the people & location.

What labs you rotated in: Matthew Kennedy, Nathan Schoppa, Abigail Person

What lab you joined and why: I joined the Kennedy lab because of the variety of projects & techniques that matched my interests, and an enjoyable lab environment.

Short description of your project: Our lab studies mechanisms of synaptic plasticity & postsynaptic trafficking.  I’m currently working on optical methods to strengthen synapses through recruitment of proteins to dendritic spines.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Skidmore College; Major: Neuroscience, Minor: Chemistry

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: N/A

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: N/A

What you like to do outside of school: Get up to the mountains for snowboarding/hiking/camping
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 Anna Garske

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 Dayton Goodell

Lab: Bayer

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: Our program is a collaborative atmosphere at a top ranked research institution in the heart of the Rocky Mountains: Enough said.

What labs you rotated in: Heidenreich lab, Klug lab, and Bayer lab

What lab you joined and why: I joined Dr. Ulli Bayer's lab.

Short description of your project: I am currently investigating the regulatory mechanisms of differential binding of CaMKII to the NR2B subunit of the NMDA receptor under pathological conditions such as occur during stroke and TBI. This interaction has been shown to be important in the synaptic potentiation believed to underly learning and memory.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: I attended the University of Montana, and the CU Denver, downtown campus. My major is in psychology.

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: n/a

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: admissions committee

What you like to do outside of school: mountain bike and snowboard5

 Julie Juchno

Lab: Proenza Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the UCHSC Neuroscience Program: Interesting research and great faculty What labs you rotated in: Cathy Proenza, Matt Kennedy, and Manisha Patel

What lab you joined and why: Cathy Proenza, because I found her research to be intriguing and felt that she would be a great mentor.

Short description of your project: I am studying the regulation of the hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated isoform 4 (HCN4) channel.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Siena College with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Psychology

What you like to do outside of school: Play golf, bike and hike
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 Mario Lintz (MSTP 2010)

Lab: Gidon Felsen

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the
CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: Research opportunities, balanced lifestyle of students and faculty, Colorado.  

What labs you rotated in: Gidon Felsen’s & Tim Benke’s

What lab you joined and why: Dr. Gidon Felsen, because I enjoy the systems approach to studying behavioral neuroscience and I was confident he would be an excellent mentor.

Short description of your project: Characterization of the substantia nigra pars reticulata in mice performing an odor discrimination task.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Metropolitan State University of Denver. Biology major, chemistry minor

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Professional research assistant in a structural biology lab.

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What you like to do outside of school: Playing with my kids, fine dining, dancing, running, snowboarding, and bicycling
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 Emily Sharpe

Lab: Catherine Proenza

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the
CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: I was impressed with how collaborative the faculty in the program are and how supportive they are of graduate student research. The faculty are always available to answer questions and assist the students. The students form a close community which fosters a positive educational environment.

What labs you rotated in: Kurt Beam, Mark Dell'Acqua, Catherine Proenza

What lab you joined and why: Catherine Proenza - I joined the Proenza lab because I was excited about the research projects in the lab. I also enjoyed the dynamic of the lab and the collaboration between other members of the lab.

Short description of your project: I'm interested in studying the changes in the sinoatrial node associated with aging. In particular, I am interested in determining the underlying causes for the slowing of the heart rate with age.  

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Marquette University - Physiology

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Research assistant at Marquette

University Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Neuroscience Retreat Committee, RMRNG Organizing Committee, Cardiac Physiology Journal Club, Brain Injury Research Group

What you like to do outside of school: I love being outdoors as much as possible, reading, cooking and spending time with my friends.
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 John Soltys (MSTP 2010)

Lab: Jeffrey Bennett, MD/PhD

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the
CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: The NSP offered a stimulating training environment, and the wealth of faculty contributions and interactions provide the required foundation to launch a research-oriented career

What labs you rotated in: Jeffrey Bennett (Neuroscience), Rachel Friedman (Immunology)

What lab you joined and why: I joined Jeffrey Bennett's lab because he is a great mentor, provided a stimulating work environment, and offered projects with fascinating biology mechanisms

Short description of your project: I study the auto-immune attack in neuromyelitis optica

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: University of Vermont; BS Biochemistry

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I worked for one year as a Laboratory Technician.

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Tutoring

What you like to do outside of school: Outdoor activities, play games and enjoy my family and friends
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 Courtney Wilson

Lab: Kinnamon Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2012

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: Solid science in a beautiful place!

What labs you rotated in: Tom Finger's Lab, Dan Tollin's Lab, and Sue Kinnamon's Lab

What lab you joined and why: I joined Sue Kinnamon's lab--the people and the methods were a good fit for me, and the subject material was right up my alley.

Short description of your project: I'm working with type III taste cells, which are responsible for sour taste transduction. My project is focused on better characterizing the role these cells play in both taste bud communication and afferent signaling.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: University of Colorado, Boulder. I majored in Spanish as well as Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology, and minored in History.

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I worked as a lab technician in Cathy Proenza's lab here on campus, and managed to fit some traveling in as well.

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: I've been involved in a couple outreach events, and hope to get involved in more teaching and outreach during my time here.

What you like to do outside of school: Making music and art, and playing in the mountains!7


Academic Year 2011

 Jared Ahrendsen (MSTP 2009)

Lab: Wendy Macklin

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: "Strong research, excellent faculty, collaborative culture."

What labs you rotated in: Wendy Macklin, Ken Tyler

What lab you joined and why: "I joined the Macklin lab because they are doing interesting research that I knew I could really dive head first into. Wendy is also an amazing mentor with a lot of experience and guidance to offer. "

Short description of your project: "Role of Akt signaling during myelination and remyelination."

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: "University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology; Biochemistry; and Mathematics (2008)."

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: "Professional Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the Unviersity of Colorado Boulder."

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: MSTP

What you like to do outside of school: "mountain fun (hiking/camping/snowboarding), travel, read."1

 Hillary Allen

Lab: Ulli Bayer

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: I wanted a competitive program with a great location and collaborative environment.

What labs you rotated in: Manisha Patel, Tatiana Kutateladze, Mark Dell'Acqua

What lab you joined and why: Ulli Bayer. The Bayer lab works on mechanisms of neuroplasticity which is a very interesting topic. The environment in this lab is great along with the mentorship. I am being trained to answer complicated mechanistic questions via  biochemistry.

Short description of your project: Ca2+/Calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII) is highly expressed in the brain and is enriched at excitatory synapses, especially at these post synaptic densities. CaMKII can mediate long-term potentiation (LTP) by increasing the number of AMPA receptors and their conductance. Recently, CaMKII has been linked to mechanisms regulating long-term depression (LTP) via a different phosphorylation event on the same AMPA receptor. I am investigating the mechanistic switch of CaMKII between LTP and LTD, determining potential substrate binding sites on CaMKII that may mediate LTP or LTD.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. Organic Chemistry and Spanish

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Was a research and development chemist and Managed of an industrial chemistry laboratory  (Florida Cirtech)

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Pharm journal club

What you like to do outside of school: I'm an trail/ultra-runner. I run on the Runner Roost mountain/ultra team so when I'm not racing I'm always training and running on the trails before work, after work on the weekends. And if I'm not running im on a running vacation/adventure, camping, backpacking, or outside somewhere. I also enjoy good beer and cooking great food . . . Best enjoyed after a long run :)2

 Kelsey Anbuhl

Lab: Dan Tollin

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: When selecting a program for my graduate studies, I wanted a collaborative, thriving environment of quality mentorship and exciting science that would prepare me well for a career in neuroscience. I was fortunate to find all of these qualities in the UCHSC Neuroscience Program! This is a unique medical campus with both basic research as well as access to clinicians in a medical setting, providing opportunities for clinically-based training. In addition to the unique institution and collaborative atmosphere, I was also drawn to the idea of smaller class sizes and the strong sense of community among the students and faculty.

What labs you rotated in: Bruce Appel, Dan Tollin, Matthew Kennedy

What lab you joined and why: I ultimately chose to work with Dr. Dan Tollin, mainly for his outstanding mentorship skills and his enthusiasm for auditory science. The Tollin lab members are wonderful to work with and provide an excellent environment for learning, which is necessary for my productivity and success as a graduate student.

Short description of your project: I study the effects of early conductive hearing loss on auditory behavior and information processing in the central auditory system.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama) with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, 2011

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school:
I attended graduate school right after I completed my undergraduate degree

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Neuroscience Journal Club

What you like to do outside of school: Photography, art projects, exploring Colorado3

 Chelsea Corser-Jensen

Lab: Heidenreich

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the UCHSC Neuroscience Program: I am from Colorado and was itching to move back after spending four years away for my undergrad. I chose this program because the research atmosphere is friendly and supportive with a lot of cross-talk and collaboration. The faculty are eager to help the students succeed, and the students have a great work-life balance.   

What labs you rotated in: Kim Heidenreich, Gidon Felsen, Amy Brooks-Kayal

What lab you joined and why: I joined the Heidenreich lab. During my rotation I became fascinated by the complexity of traumatic brain injury, and I decided that I wanted to devote my thesis to trying to understand the underlying cellular and molecular events. Kim’s enthusiasm for science is contagious, and she has given me a lot of freedom to design my own experiments.

Short description of your project: My project is focused on neuroinflammation and cognitive deficits after traumatic brain injury. We are particularly interested in understanding the role of the pro-inflammatory lipid mediators, leukotrienes, which are absent in uninjured brain and are rapidly synthesized after brain injury.
Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: University of Puget Sound with a major in Biology and a certificate in Neuroscience

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I came directly from undergrad to grad school.

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Group Planning Committee, Neuroscience Student Journal Club Organizing Committee, University of Colorado Brain Injury Research Group

What you like to do outside of school: I try to spend as much time as I can in the mountains throughout the year. I also love to cook and try out new restaurants in Denver.4

 Chris Knoeckel (MSTP 2009)

Lab

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the CU School of Medicine Neuroscience Program: "Research possibilities, Colorado"

What labs you rotated in: Dr. Wendy Macklin, Dr. John Caldwell

What lab you joined and why: "Dr. Angie Ribera - chose because I knew I was getting a great mentor, projects / system that are interesting and wonderful people to work with"

Short description of your project: "Not Yet Defined"

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: "University of Puget Sound (2007), Economics "

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: "Professional Research Assistant at UC Denver 2007-2009"

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: "Neuroscience Dunwiddie Lecture Student Coordinator, MSTP Conference Planning Committee "

What you like to do outside of school: "camp, hike, snowboard"6

 Yeom Pyo Lee

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the UCHSC Neuroscience Program: UCHSC has great reputation in the field of research.

What labs you rotated in: Curt Freed, Bruce Appel, Stephen Davies.

What lab you joined and why: I joined the Stephen Davies lab because I wanted to focus on spinal cord research.

Short description of your project: TBD

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Hallym University, Biomedical Science (B.S, M.S).

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: I was a research assistant in the bio Institute.

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: -

What you like to do outside of school: Movie appreciation
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 Eamon Quick

Lab: Dr. Ken Tyler

Year you started the Neuroscience Program: 2011

Why you chose the UCHSC Neuroscience Program: Amazing facilities, top-notch faculty encompassing wide range of neuroscience topics, and great city

What labs you rotated in: Angie Ribera, Ken Tyler, Margaret Wierman

What lab you joined and why: Interested in microglia, so working in a CNS virology lab is a great way to model microglial activity!  Great mentor and lab mates, too.

Short description of your project: I hope to characterize the activity of microglia in response to viral infections of the CNS, particularly in the case of West Nile virus.  Current aims include characterizing morphological changes and phagocytosis, generating cytokine/chemokine expression profiles, and manipulating responses with relevant antiviral drugs/reagents.

Where you attended undergrad and what your major/minor(s) were: Brown University, Neuroscience

What you did (if anything) between undergrad and grad school: Worked for several years in both academic and industry labs

Other school affiliated activities/clubs you are involved in: Retreat planning committee for the Neuroscience program

What you like to do outside of school: Soccer, reading, gardening, chess, and enjoying Colorado and its inhabitants!8