University of North Dakota
Department of Space Studies
Independent Research Project
Advisor: Vadim Rygalov, Ph.D.
Conducted a unique, fairly comprehensive literature review of current space neuroscience research, entitled "A review of the neurological impacts of the spaceflight environment."
University of Washington School of Medicine (Department of Neurology)
Research Assistant (Undergraduate), Weinstein Lab
Contributed to a greater understanding of the role of microglia (one type of the brain's resident immune cells) in ischemic preconditioning (a phenomenon in which the brain will experience less severe damage after a stroke, if it has been exposed to a stroke before). My specific research project was entitled, "Characterization of IFNAR1 gene knockdown efficiency in IFNAR1fl/fl Lysm-Cre line" and involved cell culture experiments and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) & data analysis on primary microglia from rodent models, as well as analyzing data from triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) imaging on infarct volumes.