Desiree Gordian

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Graduated

Description:

I am a Ph.D fellow in the field of Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, and have a bachelor degree in psychology from City University of New York, Hunter College. During my undergraduate research experience, I conducted research at Dr. Nesha S. Burghardt’s lab. Our research examined the neural mechanism of addiction in adolescent female mice, and sex differences in drug use, in a rodent model. Over the course of summer 2016, I had the opportunity to work at Dr. Carissa Cascio’s lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where we investigated alterations to tactile processing in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. We examined the relationship between behavior and somatosensory cortical activity. In the summer of 2015, I worked at Dr. Kent C. Berridge’s lab at the University of Michigan. Our research investigated regions of the brain called “hedonic hotspots” that are responsible for amplifying the hedonic impact of taste stimuli, using optogenetics. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lara M. Beaty at LaGuardia Community College, I worked on an ongoing study that examined type and strength of college purpose- defined by what students expect from their two-year institution and reasoning behind enrolling in college - and how this was influenced by various environmental factors, some of which were family influence, community, employment and extracurricular involvement.

Presentation Summary:

  • Gordian, D., Bryant, L.K., Cascio, C. (2016). Tactile processing in typically developing adults and links to autism traits. Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Diversity Fellows Poster Session. San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Gordian, D., Bryant, L.K., Cascio, C. (2016). Tactile processing in typically developing adults and links to autism traits. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA.
  • Gordian, D., Toussaint, A., Langa, R., Uribe-Cano, S. and Burghardt, N. (2016). Behavioral differences in methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference between C57Bl/6 and 129/SvEv adolescent female mice. Undergraduate Research Conference. Hunter C
  • Gordian, D., Castro, D.C., Berridge, K.C. (2015). Optogenetics modulation of insular cortex hotspot. Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Diversity Fellows Poster Session. Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Gordian, Desiree, Castro, Daniel C., Berridge, Kent C., (2015) “Optogenetics modulation of insular cortex hotspot”. Poster presented at the University of Michigan (August, 2015).
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