Research Experience


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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."

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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.