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Lily B

- Research Program Mentor

MS at Florida State University (FSU)


Neuroendocrinology, Neuroscience, Reward and Motivation, Learning and Memory, Drugs, Psychopharmacolgy, Sex differences, Psychopathology, Development, Evolution


I recently received my Master’s degree in Psychobiology from Florida State University. During my tenure at FSU, I studied the interaction of sex and stress on oxytocin’s regulation of feeding. I became particularly interested in Reward and Motivation and the application of the scientific research to inform teaching methodologies. I love teaching. The science of education is fascinating. As a tutor I work to incorporate modern, research-based practices. My research experience in Reward and Motivation has taught me alot about the power of engagement. As a tutor, I aim to foster an internal desire to question and explore. The world is fascinating and there is so much out there to experience and learn from. What do you want to explore?

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Neurological Sex and the impact of hormone replacement methodologies on our current understanding of sex-specific behaviors

There is an established connection between sex hormones and the development of sex-specific behavioral responses, but research methodologies manipulating these hormones are inconsistent and often lack species-specific justification. The objective of this project is to further understand behavioral neuroscience methodologies and shed light on the inconsistent treatment of female sex hormone replacement. In this meta-analysis, data regarding hormone replacement in common rodent models will be gathered, analyzed, and compared with current knowledge of species-dependent hormone levels. This paper will dissect what is known about the role of sex hormones on brain activity and the resulting changes in behavior to make an argument for leaving animal models intact or using hormone concentrations specific to the model species.

Teaching experience

As an Instructor of Record, I was responsible for designing the syllabus and the teaching plan for Introduction to Brain and Behavior. My goal as an Instructor of Record was to design a lesson plan that would prioritize learning and understanding of the material, rather than focusing on memorization. In this role, I regularly held sessions with small groups of students to discuss the material outside the time constraints of class.



North Carolina State University
BS Bachelor of Science (2019)
Florida State University (FSU)
MS Master of Science

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