Rodrigo De La Torre

New York University
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I am a third year student at NYU pursuing a B.S. degree in Neural Science with minors in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) and Philosophy. I am particularly interested in the neural processes of learning and the extent to which this is affected by neurodegenerative diseases. In order to further investigate neurodegeneration, this summer I worked in Dr. Henry Paulson’s lab at the University of Michigan investigating Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3 (SCA3). I worked with PhD candidate Lauren Moore on researching autophagic dysfunction in human embryonic stem cells and differentiated neurons which underlies the atrophy of the cerebellum and brainstem. At NYU I am working in the lab of Dr. Marisa Carrasco alongside PhD candidate Ian Donovan investigating endogenous perceptual learning and whether there is significant transfer of improvement to untrained visual areas. As I hope to pursue a PhD education in Neural Science, I would be afforded the opportunity to further delve into the molecular mechanisms behind learning and memory, which, in turn, could yield more effective treatments for those who suffer from a neurodegenerative disease and develop strategies for enhancing effective learning.