Brigett Carvajal

Hunter College
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I am currently a junior at Hunter College pursing my degree in Psychology. My desire to pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience has arisen from a lifelong fascination with how the brain works. Specifically, and not limited to how sex differences influence our behavior. This past summer 2016 I had the opportunity to work under Dr. Jill Becker at the University of Michigan. In Dr. Becker’s lab I investigated the role of sex differences in drug taking preferences; exploring the role of Estradiol using a cocaine self-administration paradigm. This topic overlaps with my current project in Dr. Peter Serrano’s Lab, I am currently focused on examining changing spine dynamics as a consequence of sex hormones. This project is of interest because of its applicability to synaptic plasticity and development. I plan to apply to an MD/PhD program where I will pursue my Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

Presentation Summary:

  • In progress
  • Howard Sirotkin, Cara Moravec, Camilia Monestime, Brigett Carvajal. (August 2015) The Role of Sin3b in Blood and Muscle Development. Poster presented at Stony Brook Summer Research Symposium, Stony Brook, NY.
  • Urszula P. Golebiewska, Brigett Carvajal. (June 2015) Genomic Analysis of Mycobacteriophage Smeadly. Poster and PowerPoint presented at 7th Annual SEA PHAGES Honors Symposium, Washington, DC.