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Natalie

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Neural systems and circuits; Neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin); Circuits underlying neuropharmacology and neuropsychiatric disease; Neuroscience of behavior and perception; Drug discovery; Intersection between art and science; Photography
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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.

Mapping the Brain

How can we identify circuits in the brain that underlie specific behaviors and what tools can we use to do this? Often, a behavior or sensation can feel like magic. Pick any phenomenon that you experience that feels mysterious to you and we can work together together to hypothesize how your brain is generating this perception. Examples: Why does this chocolate taste sweet? How does my brain tell me when I'm full? Why do I feel addicted to my favorite song? This project can result in a "pop science" podcast or review article to showcase your science writing or communication skills.

Coding skills

MatLab, GraphPad Prism, ImageJ/FIJI, Photoshop/Illustrator