Founder of M.U.S.E. Mentorship
Sponsored Rock Climber
“Science results from a profoundly social process. The common portrayal—that science emerges from a solitary isolated genius, always laboring alone, not owing anything to anyone—is simply wrong.”Dr. Michael Gazzaniga
“Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.”Audre Lorde
UMass Amherst ’24
Neuroscience & Behavior PhD
I am a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Agnès Lacreuse currently studying sex differences in aging and the effects of sex hormones on cognition and behavior in the common marmoset. With an interest in primate behavior, sex hormones, disease pathology and age-related cognitive decline, I employ a few different techniques to better understand age-related changes in the brain and behavior. I use next generation sequencing to look at changes in gene expression in brain regions important for learning and memory while correlating this with longitudinal cognitive testing trajectories and behavior. I am also interested in the neuroprotective roles of estradiol and how estrogen signaling affects glial responses throughout the brain.
Outside of graduate school, I am passionate about activism, anti-racism, photography, music, running and rock-climbing. I created a mentorship platform and 501(c)(3) nonprofit called MUSE (mentorship for underrepresented STEM enthusiasts) which aims to provide representation and mentorship for underrepresented groups in STEM fields. I also enjoy doing educational outreach and have been a nationally sponsored rock-climber for eight years with many first female ascents. I started the ‘women’s climbing night’ at our local gym to provide a welcoming environment for women and nonbinary climbers and teach clinics, give talks and provide training advice upon request.
My Research Will Combine
Glial Patch Clamp
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Appalachian State University
Under the mentorship of Dr. Lynn Siefferman, I worked with a wild population of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) in order to look at the relationship between personality, food supplementation and reproductive success. In addition to analyzing bluebird feathers with spectrophotometry, monitoring fledglings, behavioral field observations and recording responses to conspecifics, I wrote my senior thesis on the effects of food supplementation and conspecific aggression on personality and mate choice.
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