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Elizabeth Z

- Research Program Mentor

MD candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Inorganic Chemistry, Neurobiology, Neuroscience of fear and attachment, Psychopathology, Psychology


My name is Elizabeth Zeldin and I am currently a first year medical student in New York! I completed my undergraduate degree in Neural Science and completed minors in Chemistry and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. I did clinical research that focused on tele-intervention and its effect on diabetic veterans' quality of life outside of the hospital setting. I also completed research and a thesis on amygdala activity after exposure to stress with and without early-life adversity in a mouse model. I was able to win a thesis award and complete my undergraduate degree with high honors due to the procedure, findings, and write-up of this experiment. I have a passion for mentoring students and paying my education forward to future generations of scientists, physicians, and other professionals. I tutored children and young adults of all ages, and mentored underclassmen at my undergraduate institution in their pursuit of professional careers in the STEM fields. I have personal interests in weightlifting and ballroom dancing, so I am quite familiar with exercise science and the arts, as well!

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.

The Effects of Early-life Abuse on Stress Regulation

This project will involve doing a literature search on the role that loved ones and familiar faces/odors play in regulating the stress response in infants. This project can also include a component that details how early-life abuse/maltreatment manifests into later-life pathology. Understanding how relationships in early-life affect adulthood and the fear response is critical in getting a comprehensive picture of how living beings respond to stress and unfamiliarity.

The Far Reaches of Diabetes

This project can explore the long-lasting and far-reaching effects that Type II Diabetes has on the human body. Diabetic patients face a risk of chronic pain and debilitation when considering the increased possibility of developing neuropathy. This project can help raise awareness of diabetes and the secondary diseases that may result from it. The end result can take the form of a podcast or public advisory warning about proper health and nutrition for prevention of diabetes and diabetic neuropathy.

Languages I know


Teaching experience

I was a freelance tutor in mathematics and English until my late teenage years. I tutored students through an online platform in mathematics, English, science, and college counseling. I have also been a mentor through my undergraduate institution's Peer Undergraduate Mentorship Program (PUMP), where I mentored underclassmen throughout their time at New York University. I also tutored high school students in science and mathematics through a private tutoring company. Moreover, I was a teaching assistant at a primary school in the United Kingdom, where I aided the teacher in setting up for classroom activities and providing individualized assistance to students that required it.


Work experience

Sullivan Lab at New York Langone (2020 - Current)
Undergraduate Research Assistant
New York Unversity (2019 - 2020)
Peer Mentor
UPchieve (2019 - Current)
Academic Coach
SHINE (2019 - 2019)
Teacher's Aide


New York University
BS Bachelor of Science
Neural Science, Chemistry, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MD Doctor of Medicine candidate

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