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Caitlin D

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Neuroscience, biology

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.

Brain network activity

How do different cells in our brains work together to generate brain rhythms implicated in health and disease? Our brains hum at different frequencies when we go about our daily life - sleeping, thinking, performing, daydreaming. In this project, you will learn more about what generates and maintains these rhythms, regions of the brain important for these rhythms, and how these rhythms change in different disease states.

The neuroscience of anxiety-related mood disorders

What happens in our brains during a state of anxiety? What makes humans (and animals) anxious? Do we need anxiety? Turns out there are many different brain regions and cell types involved in anxiety-like states. In this project, you will dive into some of the leading hypotheses underlying anxiety and think about what happens when anxiety behaviors go from adaptive to maladaptive.

What can't astrocytes do??

Astrocytes are star-shaped non-neuronal cells in the brain and for a long time they were thought to be just support cells, but a few decades ago it was discovered they are way more than passive support players in the brain. In this project, you will learn more about the many functions of these amazing brain cells, how they interact with neurons, and how they contribute to proper brain function, behavior, and disease states.

Coding skills


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