Leslie Zhen

Hunter College
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I'm a Ph.D. fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Neuroscience department. I received bachelor degree in psychology with concentration in behavioral neuroscience and minoring in biology at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, City University of New York. My interests range broadly from behavioral psychology to clinical neurobiology. My specific interests are in the mechanisms of learning and memory and its behavioral implications. I am also interested in pharmacological studies with implications to memory-related neuropsychiatric disorders. I completed a research assistantship in 2015 in Dr. Tao Sun’s laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College, where we studied microRNA regulation of selected genes affecting the developing cortex. During the summer of 2015, I worked in Dr. Donna Webb’s laboratory in Vanderbilt University to characterize the role of exosomes in neural development. I am completing my honors thesis research in Dr. Peter Moller’s laboratory at Hunter College, where we study the effects of methamphetamine on spatial memory in Gnathonemus petersii weakly electric fish. Following undergraduate studies, I will pursue a Ph.D. to conduct research in clinical neuropsychology.

Presentation Summary:

  • Zhen, L., Patel, M., & Webb, D. Role of Exosomes in the Formation of Filopodia and Dendritic Spines. Poster session presented at the Vanderbilt University Summer Science Symposium (August 2015).
  • Mikhaylova, A., Zhen, L., Lee, H. Y., Vernaya, A., & Moller, P. Effects of Testosterone on Sexual Traits and Memory in Mormyrids. Oral Presentation at the 42nd Annual Hunter Psychology Convention (March, 2014).