B.A., Molecular Neuroscience, Hampshire College, 2014
At Hampshire, I primarily studied biology, but had a strong affiliation with the arts and fabrication programs as well. My senior thesis is one that I developed from the ground up, as I was fascinated with early neuronal differentiation in development and the use of neuronal progenitors as a therapeutic treatment for neurodegenerative diseases. For this project, my research focused developing a variety of methods for culturing and differentiation of mouse teratocarcinoma cell line P19 into functional neurons using all-trans retinoic acid. Currently, I work with rat E18 hippocampal neurons – exposing them to different chemical contexts to discern how different environments influence synaptogenesis and dendrite growth.