- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology, mental health disorders
BioHi, I'm Louise! I am a PhD student in the neurosciences program at UCSD. I graduated from Brown University in 2018 where I studied cognitive deficits of Parkinson's Disease and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health researching neuroinflammation related to depression and neurodegenerative diseases using PET imaging. My current PhD project involves improving TMS as a treatment for depression and creating a predictive pipeline of treatment response for future clinical trials. Outside of the lab, I love to play soccer, hike, and surf. I always enjoy helping students develop their passion for science and I look forward to providing guidance in any way I can!
Does cannabis have therapeutic effects for bipolar disorder?
In this project, you will learn about the underlying molecular deficits in bipolar disorder and how their symptoms manifest. You will then combine your knowledge of current treatments for bipolar disorder patients as well as the pharmacological mechanisms of cannabis to see whether it could either alleviate or worsen some of these patients' symptoms.
Developing more personalized treatments for depression
Using a range of neuroscience methodologies, you will learn why some patients respond better to certain medications/treatments than others and how we can predict that in advance