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Excellence in Neuroscience Research Award

Each year, the Neuroscience Awards Committee recognizes two graduating seniors who have performed outstandingly in the lab with the Excellence in Neuroscience Research Award.



Benjamin Musheyev

Role of Prrxl1 in Whisker-Related PrV Lemniscal Pathways:
An Electrophysiological Analysis
Mentor:  Dr. Joshua C. Brumberg

Fawzia Shirzad

Training Effect on Bimanual Coordination for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Mentor:  Dr. Ya Ching Hung



Gabriela Fazilov

Murine Genetic Variance in Muscarinic Receptor Antagonism of Acquisition and Expression of Sucrose Conditioned Flavor Preferences in Three Inbred Mouse Strains
Mentor: Dr. Richard J. Bodnar

Courtney McDermott

Cholesterol-lowering drugs alter brain steroid levels in a songbird
model system: Effects of sex and age
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn L. Pytte

Christopher O'Brien

Increased Dopamine has Lateralized Effects on New Neuron Survival in the Striatum
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn L. Pytte



Kumarie Budhu

Whole Brain Characterization of Perineuronal Nets in the Male Long Evans Rat
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Brumberg

Karen Go

Assessing the Impact of Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Gene Expression
of MAOA and MAOB on Child Neurodevelopment
Mentor: Dr. Yoko Nomura



Nohely C. Abreu 

Neurogenesis and Contextual Memory: Effects of Doxycycline and Mold Exposure
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn L. Pytte

Cindy P. Flores 

Evaluating the Impact of Maternal Anxiety on Infant Development: A Focus on Specific Phobia
Mentor: Dr. Yoko Nomura



Hope A. Miodownik 

Elucidation of a Compre-hensive Model of Epicardiogenesis
in Zebrafish: Role of BMP Signaling in Epicardial Migration
Mentor: Dr. Nathalia Holtzman

Qainat N. Shah

Virus Emergence in Novel Host Populations: Relationship between
Initial Fitness and Probability of Emergence
Mentor: Dr. John J. Dennehy



David Arastehmanesh 

The Effects of Microinjections of a D1 Antagonist in the
Ventral Tegmental Areaon Cocaine Conditioned Place Preference
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ranaldi 

Daniel Stalbow 

The Effects of Atorvastatin on Vocal Learning and Neurogenesis in the JuvenileZebra Finch
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



Ivonne Cruz

Drugs and Natural Reward Processing: Effect of Heroin Exposure on Reward-related Behaviors
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ranaldi

Theologia Karagiorgis

Activation of the Mesotelencephalic Dopamine Reward Pathway Following Oral Sugar and Fat Intake in Rats as Measured by c-fos Immunohistochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Richard Bodnar



Shoshana Korman

Paradox of Dynamic Stability: Neurogenesis Contributes to a Stereotyped Behavior in Songbirds
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte

Kobi Wasner

Aberrant Song-Related Feedback Alters Lateralized Pattern of Adult Neurogenesis
in Zebra Finch Auditory Region Caudomedial Nidopallium
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



John Kalambogias

Microglial Development and Response to Sensory Deprivation in Mouse Barrel Cortex
Mentor: Dr. Joshua C. Brumberg

Erica Rodriguez

Experience-dependent Neuron Survival in Adult Zebra Finches
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte



Adesh A. Bajnath

The Effect of Sensory Deprivation on Dendritic Spine Density and Morphology
in the Rodent Somatosensory Cortex
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Brumberg 

Carole Parent 

The Relationship Between Neurogenesis and Cell Death
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Pytte 



Jason Abramowitz

The Organization of Myelin in the Mouse Somatosensory Barrel Cortex
and the Effects of Sensory Deprivation on its Development
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Brumberg

Chantal Bruno 

Synergism of BDNF and Sympathetic Neuron Dysfunction
in the Etiology of Perivascular Inflammation
Mentor: Dr. Susan Croll



Yana Abayev

Expression of Fructose-Conditioned Flavor Preferences: Opioid Antagonism
in the Amygdala and in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell and Core Regions
Mentor: Dr. Richard Bodnar

Michelle G. Bubnik

Cluster Analysis of Preschoolers Using Objective Measures of Inattention,
Impulsivity, and Activity Level and Predictive Utility
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Halperin



Karen Kest

NMDA Antagonism in the Ventral Tegmental Area Impairs Acquisition,
But Not Expression, of Operant Responding
Mentor: Dr. Robert Ranaldi

Samira Zaman

Mentor: Dr. William Farrell



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