Carle Neuroscience Institute Undergraduate Awardees

2018 Recipients

Shivang Chaudhary
Shivang Chaudhary,a junior in molecular and cellular biology and psychology, plans to work under the guidance of Catherine Christian, an assistant professor in molecular and integrative physiology and a member of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group. He will study hypothalamic gliosis and inflammation in a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy, which is the most prevalent type of epilepsy in adults.

Michael Szewczyk
Michael Szewczyk, a junior in molecular and cellular biology and psychology, plans to continue his research of the in vitro treatment of mild to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and its role in preventing neurodegenerative disorders. This will include investigating the effect of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and hypothermia in treating post-TBI neurons. He will work in the lab of Catherine Best, in partnership with the lab of Gabriel Popescu. Best is a research assistant professor of bioengineering, and Popescu is a professor of electrical and computer engineering—both are members of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group.

2017 Recipients

Kathleen Murphy
Kathleen Murphy is studying engineering physics with a concentration in neuroscience. She will work with members of the Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Intelligent Behavior Group including Daniel Llano, an assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and Justin Rhodes, an associate professor of psychology. Her research proposal is titled "A Method for Mapping Mouse Brain Metabolism and its Sensitivity to Aging."

Laura Pritschet
Laura Pritschet is studying behavioral neuroscience. Her research, "Dynamic Changes in Perception and Oscillatory Spectral Analysis," will be supervised by Sepideh Sadaghiani, an assistant professor of psychology who is a member of the Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group.

2016 Recipients

Misha Ahmad
Misha Ahmad has a double major in psychology and global studies, with an emphasis on global health. Under the direction of Ryan Dilger, assistant professor of animal sciences and director of the Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Laboratory, she plans to develop procedures to perform immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence.

Nhan Huynh
Nhan Huynh is a senior in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in electrical and computer engineering. He works in the lab of Dan Llano, assistant professor in medical molecular and integrative physiology, investigating the massive set of projections that the auditory cortex (AC) sends to the inferior colliculus (IC) in order to study the neural pathways of information processing and create devices that can exploit the innate circuitry of the brain.

2015 Recipients

Emily Cullum
Emily is a junior bioengineering student and a Chancellor's Scholar in the Campus Honors Program. As a research assistant in the lab of Sua Myong, she uses single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to examine DNA structures to elucidate possible genetic causes of cancer.

Emily Matijevich
Emily is an undergraduate research assistant in Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler's lab, in the Artificial Intelligence Group, where she investigates the use of a pneumatically powered ankle foot orthosis to restore a normal walking gait in patients with multiple sclerosis or ankle injury. She is pursuing a degree in bioengineering with a biomechanics concentration.