Summer of Neuroscience

August 1, 2014

The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) wrapped up the 2014 program with a poster session highlighting student research on July 31, 2014.

Kathryn Hook, seen here with Dr. Mark Wallace, participated in the VSSA through sponsorship by the Middle Tennessee Society for Neuroscience's Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training program.  Hook, a student at Belmont University in Nashville, worked in the laboratory of BethAnn McLaughlin this summer.  Her poster was entitled The Role of ASK1 Overexpression in Response to Cellular Stress as Compared to Natural Levels Found in 293 Cells.

Two other VSSA programs hosted summer neuroscience research opportunities in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Brain Institute:  the Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE) and the Conte Center's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

BP-ENDURE Students and their research:

  • Danyal Alma from Hunter College/CUNY in the Emeson Lab:  Regulation of RNA editing in Mouse by the Immune Response
  • Stephen Braren from Hunter College/CUNY in the Kaas Lab:  Quantifying cellular composition of the primate cerebral cortex
  • David Nguyen from Georgia State University in the Ally Lab:  EEG Analysis of Pattern Completion
  • Elyce Williams from Hunter College/CUNY in the Cutting Lab:  The Implications of Socioeconomic Status on Brain Structure:  A cross-sectional MRI study
  • Tamar Winer from Hunter College/CUNY in the Polyn Lab:  From Miley Cyrus to Wrecking-Ball:  A Model of Conceptual Similarity


Conte SURE Students and their research:

  • Megan Kechner from Michigan State University in the Blakely Lab:  Understanding the Role of Altered Dopamine Homeostasis in ADHD-associated Dopamine Dransporter Variant DAT Val559
  • Peace Odiase from Fisk University in the Blakely Lab:  Regulation of Dopamine Signaling via a Glutamatergic Pathway by Novel Gene SWIP-10
  • ​Dianna Torres from Rutgers University in the Wallace Lab:  Effects of Varying Degrees of Reward Feedback on the Multisensory Temporal Binding Window
  • Tair Werner from University of California, Berkeley in the Stanwood Lab:  Validating an Animal Model of Depression through the Social Defeat Paradigm