Summer Neuroscience Program (2022)

This eight-week summer program enables undergraduates to jumpstart their Graduation with Distinction senior theses by working one-on-one with faculty mentors. The full program is open only to rising juniors and seniors who are declared Neuroscience majors. Students work on individual projects with their mentors to gather more information for research independent study (RIS) projects that will be done throughout the fall and spring semesters. The Summer Neuroscience Program is part of the Bass Connections Brain & Society theme.

2022 Projects

  • Morgan Biele, Using eye tracking to explore the neurological basis of mental stimulation and counterfactual reasoning as mechanisms for the development of causal judgment in children ages five to seven
  • Kevin Boyd, Maternal prenatal exposure to environmental stressors alters intestinal macrophage populations in offspring
  • Amber Fu, Nanoplastics and Neurodegeneration: Polystyrene nanoplastics accelerate α-synuclein aggregation
  • Jeffrey Galla, A feasibility study of neuronavigated 1 Hz insular rTMS targeting combined with CBT and NRT for smoking cessation in a sample of Veterans with PTSD
  • Gabriel Grullon, Exploring the Relationship between Neuronal Activity and IL34 Expression in Mice
  • Benjamin Horvath, Examining the Role of a Microglial-MyD88 Loss on Drinking Behavior in Mice
  • Juliana Ibarra, Exploring the Relationship between Verbal and Artistic Creative Ability using Digital Art Tools
  • Irene Jonathan, The impact of ablated microglial MyD88 signaling on parvalbumin cell density
  • Aditya Kotla, Effects of Varied Nutrient Stimulation of Intestinal Enteroendocrine Cells on CNS Activity
  • Grace Lee, Topographic organization of orienting behaviors mediated by VGlut2 populations in the superior colliculus
  • Min Ju Lee, Differential Recruitment of Neuronal Ensembles During Goal-Directed and Habitual Behavior
  • Julia Leeman, Does Linguistic Knowledge affect Processing of Speech and Language in the Brainstem?
  • Rebecca Li, Excitatory synapse maturation requires developmental regulation of H3K27me3 and is impaired by loss-of-function mutations in the Autism-associated gene Kdm6b 
  • Scott Mahon, Analyzing the effects of the TOMM40 poly-T variants on the ApoE-TOMM40 gene cluster expression levels
  • Han Mu, The Effects of Histone Modification in Regulating Astrocyte Development
  • Sara Rose Shannon, Performance of Unconscious Arithmetic Through Subliminal Multiplication Equations 
  • Arsha Sharma, Rejection of inappropriate synaptic partners mediated by transcellular FLRT2-UNC5 signaling

Team Leaders

  • Staci Bilbo, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Felipe De Brigard, Arts & Sciences-Philosophy
  • Cagla Eroglu, School of Medicine-Cell Biology
  • William Gottschalk, School of Medicine-Neurology
  • J. Tobias Overath, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • John Rawls, School of Medicine-Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
  • Paul Seli, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Anne West, School of Medicine-Neurobiology

/graduate Team Members

  • Benjamin Devlin, Psychology-PHD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Kevin Boyd, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Arsha Sharma, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Sara Shannon, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Han Mu, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Scott Mahon, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Rebecca Li, Biology (BS)
  • Julia Leeman, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Grace Lee, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Min Lee, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Aditya Kotla, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Irene Jonathan, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Juliana Ibarra, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Benjamin Horvath, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Gabriel Grullon, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Jeffrey Galla, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Amber Fu, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Morgan Biele, Neuroscience (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Jeremy Kay, School of Medicine-Neurobiology
  • Nicole Calakos, School of Medicine-Neurobiology
  • Andrew West, Pharmacology
  • Henry Yin, Arts & Sciences-Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Jonathan Young, School of Medicine-Psychiatry: Behavioral Medicine