Michael A. Hajek, B.A.

Post-Graduate Research Assistant

Mike is a Yale medical student who worked in the lab in the summer of 2012. He graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. Mike worked on examining the effect of sleep-state on seizure’s effects on breathing and cardiac control.

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Nicole Leibold, B.S., M.S.

Visiting Graduate Student

Nicole is a visiting graduate student from the University of Maastricht. She is originally from Germany and has a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences and a Master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, both from Maastricht University. She is studying mouse models of panic disorder and correlating with effects of CO2 exposure on cardio-respiratory function.

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Amanda MacAskill

Post-Graduate Research Assistant

Amanda is a medical student at the University of Glasgow who worked in the lab in the Summer of 2013. Amanda worked trying to identify serotonin receptor subtypes involved in hypercapnia-induced arousal.

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Daniel Rappoport, B.A.

Post-Graduate Research Assistant

Dan graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in History in 2013 and has been a post-graduate research assistant in the lab since the Summer of 2013. He is working on using stereotactic methods to probe larger network mechanisms underlying CO2-induced arousal. He is also using amygdala kindling to investigate seizures’ effects on cardio-respiratory control.

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Eushrah Hossain

Visiting High School Student

Eushrah was a high school student from New Mexico who worked in the lab during the Summer of 2013. She gained experience with methods for studying sleep-wake regulation and some basic molecular biology techniques primarily for genotyping transgenic mouse lines.

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Jeeva John

Visiting Medical Student

Jeeva was a visiting medical student from the University of Glasgow who worked in the lab during the summer of 2012. Despite being in the lab for a short time Jeeva was able to accomplish quite a lot on a project examining serotonergic mechanisms of seizure-susceptibility. She has presented her work at the British Neurological Association’s Festival of Neuroscience in London in the Spring of 2013 and will present at the International League Against Epilepsy Meeting in Glasgow in the Fall of...

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Haleigh R. Smith, B.A.

Post-Graduate Research Assistant

Haleigh was a post-graduate research assistant in the lab from 2012-2013. Originally from Massachusetts, Haleigh graduated with a dual degree in Neuroscience & Behavior and Psychology from Wesleyan University in Middle town, CT. In the lab Haleigh primarily worked on helping to establish techniques for delivery of neuroactive substances directly into serotonergic subnuclei, and also contributed significantly to some of the seizure projects. Haleigh presented posters at the Society for...

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