Stefanie P. Balbuca

Hunter College
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My name is Stefanie Balbuca and I am a college junior at Hunter College, majoring in psychology and biology. I am a recipient of the BP-endure scholarship program, sponsored by Hunter College and NYU. Furthermore, I completed my summer internship program at Doctor Robert Thompson’s laboratory, at the University of Michigan. Doctor Thompson’s lab focused in the role that micro RNA molecules play in the pathophysiology of psychiatric diseases. My work at Dr. Thompson’s laboratory focused on identifying the targets of two particular microRNAS. In addition, we decided to concentrate our efforts on these particular microRNAs because previous research has shown that the microRNAs are implicated in various psychiatric maladies; such as schizophrenia and depression. Consequently, the lab team was able to identified two microRNAs that were dys-regulated in various brain regions of mice that had undergone a chronic variable stress paradigm treatment. Currently, I’m one of the lab members of Professor Maria Figueiredo - Pereira lab at Hunter College. My goal is to apply to an MD/PhD program. During the PhD portion of my training I’m planning to focus on molecular neuroscience and behavior at the molecular level.

Presentation Summary:

  • Balbuca, S. (August, 2013). MicroRNA Inhibitory Effects. Poster Presented at the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Balbuca, S. (November, 2013). The role of MicroRNAs in Depression. San Diego, California.
  • Balbuca, S.(April, 2014). Effects Of Prostaglandin J2 on the processing of amyloid precursor protein. New York, New York.