Danielle is a PhD candidate conducting her research in the Mood Disorders Research Program.
Born and raised in New York City, she initiated her research curiosities while in high school, where she studied the role of GABA in the dimensionality of symptoms in adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the laboratory of Dr. Vilma Gabbay. For this work, she was named a 2012 finalist in both the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search and Intel Science and Engineering Fair.
She continued this work while in college at Columbia University, extending her experience in fMRI and genetic techniques for studying developmental psychopathology. Also while at Columbia, she diversified her interests by delving into the realm of development of normative emotion regulation strategies under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Ochsner, as well as the realm of prenatal biomarkers of neurodevelopmental risk, under the mentorship of Dr. Frances Champagne.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, she loved the academic and collaborative environment so much that she remained at Columbia to pursue her interdisciplinary interests. She received her master’s degree in Bioethics where her thesis work focused on the utility of genetic technologies in diagnosing heterogeneous pediatric neurology patients, with a secondary interest in the utility of neuroimaging evidence in the juvenile justice system.
She has presented her work academically at numerous national and international conferences (SOBP, ISDP, Flux, AACAP), as well as in more widely public settings (social media correspondent for Society for Science and the Public), and continues to eagerly disseminate her findings and passion for science.
Danielle now conducts research under the mentorship of Dr. Hilary Blumberg where her research interests broadly revolve around examining the neurobiological correlates of, and risk factors for, abnormal developmental trajectories in mood-related psychopathology.
Outside of the laboratory, Danielle is ardently passionate about outreach and mentorship opportunities (INP Outreach Executive Committee, Yale Science Diplomats, Flipped Science Fair, INP Recruitment Student Committee).
|Multidisciplinary Pre-doctoral Training Program Grant Awardee||Yale Center for Clinical Investigation||2021|
|Early Career Policy Ambassador||Society for Neuroscience||2021|
|Gruber Science Fellowship||Gruber Foundation||2018|
|Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Graduate Fellowship||Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference||2017|
|Abraham Taub Scholarship||Columbia University||2014|
|William V. Campbell Scholarship||Columbia University||2012|
|Science Talent Search Finalist||Intel||2012|
|Science and Engineering Fair Finalist||Intel||2012|
|Volunteer Service Award||United Hospital Fund||2011|