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Sanika

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Subjects
Neuroscience, Biology
Expertise
Developmental and molecular neurobiology; biophysical and circuits neuroscience; learning, memory, and neuroplasticity; sensory processing and attention
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Project ideas

Learning and Memory in the Brain: How does the brain store information and adapt to its environment?

In this project, you will write a research review about how the brain learns and remembers experiences. You will learn about topics such as: - how genes and proteins are regulated by activity in neurons and their effects on ongoing neuronal processes - how synapses and circuits change and adapt to their environment - how the brain develops throughout the lifetime of an organism and regulates critical periods for neuroplasticity - cutting-edge methods in neuroscience to study these questions You will learn skills such as: - locating research articles - reading and discussing the scientific literature - presenting journal articles - writing in a scientific style You will need some background in biology to work on this project. High school biology is sufficient. Recommended for 10th grade and above.

Neurobiological Diseases and Disorders: What are the mechanisms of disease in the human brain?

In this project, you will write a research review about how diseases and disorders affect the development and/or function of the human brain. You will learn about topics such as: - neurobiological diseases and disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Rett Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), etc.) - the molecular and circuit mechanisms of such diseases and disorders - relationship of neurobiology and psychology - current techniques, animal models, and behavioral data used to study questions about the human brain You will learn skills such as: - locating research articles - reading and discussing the scientific literature - presenting journal articles - writing in a scientific style You will need some background in biology to work on this project. High school biology is sufficient. Recommended for 10th grade and above.

History of Neuroscience: Key Figures and Events That Transformed the Field

In this project, you will write a journalistic article about historical events in neuroscience. Specifically, you will learn about facts and figures that were integral to the field, and what mysteries remain to be solved. You can determine whether you'd like this article to be more focused on history or science. You will learn about topics such as: - Nobel-prize winning research advances and techniques - the discovery of basic neuroscience tenets - relationship between neurobiology and history (including issues such as war, women in STEM, etc.) - how to pursue and build a career in science You will learn skills such as: - locating sources - reading and discussing science history - navigating textbooks and older science literature - presenting your work as a cohesive story You may want some background in biology or history to work on this project, but this background is not required. Available for all grades in high school.

Touch, Sight, Taste, Smell, and Sound: How does the brain mediate sensation?

In this project, you will write a science article about how the brain regulates sensory processing. You will learn about topics such as: - anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems - how different aspects of the nervous system communicate to process information - integral advances in neurobiology to understand sensory systems - mechanisms of neural coding - relationship of the senses to diseases and disorders You will learn skills such as: - locating research articles - reading and discussing the scientific literature - presenting journal articles - writing in a scientific style You may want some background in biology to work on this project, but this background is not required. Available for all grades in high school.

Coding skills

Python, Matlab, R, SQL, Scheme

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