Kelvin De Leon

Hunter College
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In the Fall of 2017, I begin a Ph.D. position in the field of neuroscience at Brown University. Currently my passion is to gain a greater understanding of the relationship between basic functions that lead to specific behavioral outcomes in humans. I graduated Hunter College in 2017, were majored psychology with a concentration in biology has helped me obtain a basic understanding of this relationship. As part of the BP-Endure program I have had a chance to further expand my interest and knowledge through research. This past summer I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Tara L. White at Brown University. In the White Lab we investigated how ascending and descending breath alcohol concentrations (BrAC) correspond to brain, mood and subjective responses in healthy adults. Working at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies extended my interest of study to drug addictions and diseases. I am currently working with Dr. Maria E. Fiueiredo-Pereira at Hunter College, analyzing the characteristics of J2 prostaglandins, endogenous toxic products of cyclooxygenases, and neuroinflammation in Parkinson disease. Through these research experiences I am developing greater analytical and interpretation skills that will help me pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, focusing my research on drug addiction and neuroinflammatory diseases such as HIV. This will further allow me to break the barriers that confine infected individuals to drug addiction through adequate therapeutic means.

Presentation Summary:

  • DeLeon, K., Monnig, M.A., Nitenson, A.Z., White, T.L. Ascending and Descending Alcohol Effects in Healthy Volunteers. Oral presentation given at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) (July, 2015).
  • DeLeon, K., Monnig, M.A., Nitenson, A.Z., White, T.L. Biphasic Alcohol Effects on Emotion and Amygdala fMRI Response. Poster presented at Brown University, The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR- EIP) (July, 2014).
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