2021 Honors Thesis Projects

2021 Honors Thesis Projects

Abigail Abramson

Seizure Treatment of Neonates with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia on ECMO

Shavonne Massey, Neurology


Thomas Auslander

Body Mass Index and Lumbar Bone Mineral Density, but not Cancer Treatment, are Positive Predictors of Intracranial Calcification Assessed by 18F Sodium Fluoride PET/CT

Chamith Rajapakse, Radiology


Dani Bergman Chudnow

Designing a Cognitive Touch-Screen Task to Investigate the Influence of TBI on Learning and Memory Dysfunction

John A. Wolf, Neurosurgery


Allison Dreier

Development of a mouse model to study the effects of adolescent vaping of ∆-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Mariella De Biasi, Psychiatry


Deena Elul

Identifying Individual Cone Fundamentals Using Rayleigh Matching

David Brainard, Psychology


Rusty Fields

Can Diffusion Tensor Imaging predict HIE severity: A Connectomic Approach

Hao Huang, Radiology


Catherine Gotz 

Ketamine for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: a review and recommendation for further study 

John Dani, Neuroscience


Raena Greenbaum

The Memory Trace of Addiction: How Drug-linked Memories Impact Emotionality and Drug-seeking in an Experimental Model of Opioid Abuse

Amelia J. Eisch, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Zoe Griffiths

Autistic Traits and Resiliency in Autism without Intellectual Disability 

Edward Brodkin, Psychiatry and Genetics


David Isaacs

Microglial Immune Checkpoint Proteins in Comorbid Alzheimer’s and Seizures 

Delia Talos, Neurology


Brian Johnson

Transient mTORC1 Pathway Activation Enhances Maturation of Stem Cell-Derived Interneurons

William Manley & Stewart A. Anderson, Psychiatry


Geena Jung

The Role of Repulsive Guidance Signaling in Pediatric Low-Grade Gliomas

Yuanquan Song, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Daniel C. Kargilis

Genotype at Parkinson’s Disease Risk SNPs Associates with Lysosomal Protein Concentrations in CSF

Alice Chen-Plotkin (Co-Sponsor: Dr. Thomas F. Tropea)


Andrew Kim

Microhemorrhage Pathology in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Clinical and Radiologic Features

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Neurology


Seung (Sophia) Kim

Modulatory role of α5-containing nAChR in nicotine and ethanol interactions

Mariella De Biasi, Psychiatry


Howard Li

Tau pathology spreads between anatomically-connected regions of the brain and is modulated by a LRRK2 mutation

Virginia Lee, Neuroscience


Yu Ting Liu

Assessing CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder-related phenotype reversibility in mice

 Zhaolan Zhou, Genetics


Katie MacVittie

Investigating TRPC3 in Mouse Models of Chronic Itch

Wenqin Luo, Neuroscience (PSOM)


Dhanya Mahesh

Characterizing Gray Matter and White Matter SEEG Recordings: A Signals and Network Based Approach

Kathryn Davis, Neurology


Riley Merkel 

Unraveling the Complexity of Amygdalar GLP-1 Signaling in Cocaine-Seeking Behavior 

Heath Schmidt, Biobehavioral Health


Christina Miranda

Neuron-Glia Interactions in Regulating the Autophagy-Lysosomal Pathway

Sandra Maday, Neuroscience


Amanda Moreno

Cell Type-Specific Effects of Amylin Receptors in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell on Oxycodone Reinforcement

Heath Schmidt, Biobehavioral Health


Julia Noreck

Consequences of Morphine Administration on Neural Activation and Sociability

Julie Blendy, Pharmacology


Claire Pince

Assessing the Effects of Prenatal Opioid Exposure on Neural Correlates of Social Behavior

Julie Blendy, Pharmacology


Alexa Pisciotti

Impacts of Acute Stress on BNST Neurons in Mice

Shinjae Chung, Chronobiology and Sleep


Navpreet Reehal

Differentiating Dynamic Cerebral Autoregulation Across Vascular Territories

Christopher Favilla, Neurology


Jessica Reiner

Analysis of Reported Restfulness, Sleep-Related Impairment, Sleep Disturbance and Measured Sleep in Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes

Lorraine Katz, Endocrinology and Diabetes 


Christina Recto

Associations between Age, Socioeconomic Status, and Brain Network Connectivity in Childhood

Allyson Mackey, Psychology


Anthony G. Russo

Analyzing the effects of space radiation on social stress-mediated murine conflict resolution 

Amelia J. Eisch, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Janvi Shukla

Individual differences in exendin-4 sensitivity predict obesity susceptibility

Harvey Grill, Psychology


Samantha Steeman

Heritability of the Broad Autism Phenotype

Edward Brodkin, Psychiatry


Rachael Villari

The Effects of Exercise and Hunger-Suppressant Drugs on Dopamine

John Betley, Biology


Mary Webb

Investigating the Co-use of Nicotine and Opioids 

Mariella De Biasi, Psychiatry


Max Wragan

Density of Microglia in the Hippocampus of the Developing Mouse: Does Sex Matter?

Amelia J. Eisch, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


Brendan Yoo

Perception of Morality and Decision Making

Joseph Kable, Neuroscience and Psychology


 Daria Zaitseva 

Behavioral CDG Phenotypes in a Novel Pan-Neuronal CDG Knockout Mouse Model

Zhaolan Zhou, Genetics