I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Population Health at Xavier University. In the Robinson Lab, I have been involved in the extraction of DNA from mouse tails which can be amplified using polymerase chain reactions. These reactions allow the transgenic mice to be genotyped and then used by other lab members to further their research. I have also been involved in making agar plates with ampicillin and using those plates to perform bacterial transformations. Additionally, I prepare various buffers and solutions for the lab and assist in other necessary lab tasks. My work in the lab has allowed me to be involved in scientific research first-hand and has given me experience that I will be able to take with me to medical school.
Brendan is a Research Assistant III in the Robinson Lab specializing in molecular biology and recombinant genetics. He graduated in 2014 from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Neuroscience and began working at Cincinnati Children's in 2016 in the Department of Developmental Biology researching the genetics underlying early vascular development in zebrafish. He joined the Robinson Lab in the summer of 2020 and is completing a Master's degree in molecular pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Education: PhD in Biological Sciences. National University of Córdoba, Argentina.
Postdoctoral experience: Mercedes & Martin Ferreyra Institute for Medical Research, Argentina (2013-2015). University of Cincinnati (2016-2021).
Project: I study the behavioral and cognitive deficits caused by neurofibromatosis type I (NF1). I focus on understanding the neurocircuits and neurochemical mechanisms underlying the impairments associated to the condition. My project also involves trying different molecular strategies in order to generate potential gene therapy candidates to treat the disease.
Austen is a biomedical engineer and research assistant in the Robinson lab working on neural circuits research with a focus on the mesolimbic system.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, while also studying research methods and data analytics. During his time at UC, Austen
was involved with undergraduate research, primarily in medical device development. His main interests are in data science and computational neuroscience.
PhD Student: Neuroscience Graduate Student, University of Cincinnati
BS: Biology, Truman State University.
Research Goals/Interests: Neuronal network circuitry and optogenetic tools to understand behavioral outputs-specially related with clinically relevant psychiatric symptoms of NF1 and other diseases.
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