Nitheyaa is an entering first-year undergraduate at GSU, but already had quite a lot of science experience in high school. She was awarded a University Assistantship, and we will be expecting great things from her!
Suman earned her M.S. degree in Medical Neurosciences at Humboldt University in Berlin after completing a B.S. in Microbiology in India. She worked as a research student in the lab of Johannes Vogt at the Charite’ Medical University in Berlin until 2010, after which she moved to the U.S. for family reasons. She has several publications out with more to come. We are fortunate to have someone with her broad skill set in the Pallas Lab.
The project, titled “Influences of ecological niche on mechanisms of visual pathway maturation”, will be awarded $1 million over 4 years. Our goals are to determine whether the evolutionary history and ecological niche occupied by a species predicts the extent to which visual experience is required for the development of visual pathways in the brain. We will examine several rodent species, including the diurnal Chilean degu, that differ with respect to circadian activity pattern and the degree to which vision is important for behavior.
Shriya has obtained previous histology experience in the Forger lab, and we are happy to have her join our team.
Parag is a 2nd year M.S. student in the Biology department. His background is in the use of natural compounds to fight cancer. His experience with Western blotting will be of great benefit to our progress. He will be working on signaling molecules that are important both for axon guidance during brain development, and for vascularization of growing tumors.
Jenny is an undergrad in the Neuroscience program and will be working on a visual perception assay in the lab as well as helping us out with histology and the mice. She has already made herself indispensable and we expect great things from her in the future.
Thanks to the Brains and Behavior Program for supporting our work.