- Research Program Mentor
MD/PhD candidate at Tufts University
BioI'm currently a fifth year MD-PhD student at Tufts University, in the third year of my PhD. My research is in neuroscience, specifically looking at how the hypothalamus regulates metabolism (half of all genes associated with obesity are located in the nervous system!). We use mice, and delete our gene of interest from the hypothalamus and observe how it changes their weight, food intake, and metabolism. Outside of school, I'm really interested in baking, and I'm always on the lookout for more recipes to try. I've gotten more into playing video games in the past year (thanks covid). I look forward to meeting you, and I strive to give you supportive mentorship!
Neural Mechanisms of Prosocial Behavior
Prosocial behaviors can be modeled in other species, including rats. One example is a rat releasing another rat from a restrainer (a source of stress). This project would aim to examine which regions of the brain and how they are involved in creating type of behavior. This would involve looking at identifying brain regions that are associated with rewarding behaviors, as well as social interactions.