Seminars & Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Bevil Conway (Wellesley College) will speak on his research in visual neuroscience and color at 4:30 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 27, 2014: Dr. Todd Gould (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Genes to behaviors to treatments in bipolar disorder" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, December 5, 2014:  Dr. Brian Mathur (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Braking bad: Aberrant inhibitory neurotransmission in addiction" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Check out Jordan Gaines Lewis '11's award-winning blog, Gaines on Brains. 

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Examples of St. Mary's Projects in Neuroscience:

St. Mary's Projects (click the names to open the project abstract in a new window)

2014
  • Bradbrook, Keighly and Dantrassy, Hannah (2014). Effects of exercise on spatial memory consolidation in the CUS model of depression in rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • D'Ambrosio, Stefania and DeAngeli, Nicole (2014). The effects of pre-exposure and d-cycloserine administration on extinction learning in the rat. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
  • Griffin, Allison and McGinnis, Katie (2014). Rhythm in music: Improving auditory processing in an animal model of dyslexia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Gyawali, Utsav (2014). Reversal of compulsive cocaine seeking in neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research and a Myron G. Marlay SMP Award
  • Klima, Michelle and Pribut, Heather (2014). The effects of entorhinal cortex lesions in a latent inhibition paradigm. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
  • Lawson, Shelby (2014). The effect of MK-801 on consolidation of spatial memory in the water maze. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Martin, Elise (2014). Social deficits and theory of mind in a rat model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Murti, Stephanie (2014). What does the frog say?  Premotor origins of temporally simple vocal patterns in Xenopus borealis. (Mentor: E. Leininger)
  • Payton, Stephanie (2014). Modeling impaired decision making: impulsivity and risk taking in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion rat model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Shupe, Elizabeth (2014). The role of neuropeptide-like proteins in avoidance behaviors in C. elegans. (Mentor: S. Elliott)
  • Weitzel, Ryan (2014). Latent inhibition in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
2013
  • Barnold, Stephen (2013). The effects of pharmacological REM deprivation on spatial memory. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
  • Campbell, Simone (2013). The effects of quinpirole on extinction after latent inhibition. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
  • Haus, Jeff and Gluskin, Katie (2013). Entorhinal cortex lesions, habituation, and latent inhibition. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
  • Johnson, Stephen (2013). The effects of fluoxetine on anxiety-like behaviors elicited by startle cues in the zebrafish. (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Koch, Andrew (2013). Gender differences in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Mahone, Evan (2013). Practical motif finding in brain networks. (Mentor: L. Jamieson)
  • Marbourg, Jessica (2013). The effects of neonatal ventral hippocampal lesions on sex differences in prepulse inhibition and set-shifting ability of male and female rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • McCaffery, Chris (2013). The effects of serotonin on crayfish agonistic encounters based on hierarchical rank. (Mentor: W. Hatch)
  • Muscatelli, Stefano (2013). The influence of diet and swim training on the anxiety response to novelty in adult zebrafish. (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Palacorolla, Heather (2013). Compulsive drug seeking in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesio model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Sitz, Liza (2013). The effects of chronic corticosterone exposure on long-term memory consolidation in rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Smith, Dave (2013). Neonatal tactile stimulation: effects of cognitive deficits associated with chronic prenatal exposure to fluoxetine. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Stiles, Sharon (2013). The effects of the dark-light cycle on behaviors in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion animal model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Tanman, Lauren (2013). The effect of MK-801 in a persistent latent inhibition paradigm. (Mentor: W. Jordan)
  • Valkanas, Elise (2013). Short- and long-term effects of gentamicin on utricular hair cell density in the goldfish.  (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
2012
  • Bouslog, Chris (2012). Social play behavior in rats effected by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tactile simulation. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Burke, Jesse (2012). The impact of adolescent exposure to olanzapine on adult cognitive performance. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Dippel, W. Chris (2012). Cognitive and behavioral impairments evaluated in the neonatal ventral hippocampus lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Ehrig, William (2012). The effect of prenatal fluoxetine exposure and neonatal tactile stimulation on motor and cognitive behavior in adult rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Flynn, Elise (2012). The effect of cocaine or natural reward in the NVHL animal model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Goluskin, Sasha (2012). Investigating the role of the 5-HT1B receptor in the CA1 of rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Jones, Shelby (2012). Cognitive and behavioral impairments evaluated in the neonatal ventral hippocampus lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Miller, Emily (2012). Effects of cocaine on behavior in the NVHL model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Placek, Katerina (2012). Early postnatal sensory stimulation as a means to overcome emotional deficits from gestational exposure to fluoxetine. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Rees, Steven (2012). Ethanol influence modeling: Investigation and experimentation. (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Romano, Alison (2012). Modeling disorders with the DIVA model:  A look at ataxic dysarthria. (Mentor: A. Jamieson)
  • Singley, Rachel (2012). Ototoxicity and otoprotection in the Carassius auratus lateral line system. (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
2011
  • Bernstein, Julie (2011).  Perinatal exposure to Bisphenol-A : alterations in adult behavior and dopaminergic functioning. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Brack, Cody (2011).  Short- and long-term effects of gentamicin on auditory thresholds in the goldfish (Carassius auratus).  (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar) 
  • Cammarata, Erin (2011).  Temporoammonic excitation of CA1 cells in an animal model of depression. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Flerlage, W. Jesse (2011).  Role of delta FosB in enhanced incubation of cocaine craving in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Holmes, Ashley (2011).  Effects of orexin A in the nucleus basalis magnocellaris (nBM) on olfactory discrimination acquisition and reversal.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Kallevang, Jonathan (2011).  Performance on hippocampal dependent tasks in the cycad model of Parkinson’s disease in rats  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Mikael, Makeda (2011).  Maternal separation as an animal model of depression.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)  
  • Mirenzi, Aaron (2011).  Analyzing the gender aftereffect in biological motion : the effects of adaptation to static and dynamic stimuli.  (Mentor: E. Hiris) 
  • Parr, Christina (2010).  Odor and spatial working memory in an environmentally-induced animal model of Parkinsonism. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Severino, Amie (2011).  Effects of ethanol on mechanoreceptor activity in the medicinal leech (Hirudo verbana).  (Mentor: M. Baltzley)
  • Swanson, Thomas (2011).  Effect of adolescent olanzapine administration on dendritic branching in the hippocampal circuit. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Tracy, Megan (2011).  Investigating the efficacy of antipsychotic drug treatment on an animal model of schizophrenia.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
2010
  • Chaudhary, Sheena (2010).  Long-term Effects of Adolescent Antipsychotic Drug Treatment on Reward-related Behavior and Cognition Functioning in Adult Rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Cole, Trey (2010).  The Effects of Adolescent Stress on Adult Working Memory and Susceptibility to Drug Addiction in a Neurodevelopmental Animal Model of Schizophrenia.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Fomum-Mugri, Larissa (2010).  An Investigation of Preclinical Cognitive Impairments in the Rat Cycad Progressive Model of Parkinson’s Disease. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Gibbons, Kaitlin (2010).  Connectivity between Mechanosensory P Cells in the Leeches Hirudo verbana and Macrobdella decora. (Mentor: M. Baltzley) 
  • Hernandez, Alex (2010).  The Impact Of A Four-Week Escalating Dose Regimen Of Methamphetamine On Cognition And Serotonin Levels Within The Hippocampus In Adult And Adolescent Rats.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Kircher, Dan (2010).  Perinatal Exposure to Bisphenol-A: Does it Produce Similar Behavioral Deficits to Those Observed in Animal Models of Schizophrenia?  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Konka, Kimmie  (2010).  Investigating the Effects of Postnatal Exposure to Prozac on Adult Rat Motor and Emotional Behavior.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Lewis, Christopher (2010).  The Influence of Voice Gender on the Perceived Sex of Biological Motion.  (Mentor: E. Hiris) 
  • Nguyen, Minh Bao (2010).  The Effect of White Noise on Primary Stress Response in Zebrafish (Danio rerio). (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Nichols, Caitlin (2010).  The Relation between Positive Computed Tomography Findings and Symptom Manifestations in Concussed Children.  (Mentor: M. Baltzley)
  • Piantadosi, Patrick (2010).  The Effect of Intrabasalis Orexin A Infusion on Reversal Learning Performance in Rats with 192 IgG-saporin Lesions of the Nucleus Basalis Magnocellularis. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Piantadosi, Sean (2010).  Examining the Effect of Voluntary Exercise on Spatial Memory, Fear Conditioning and BDNF Levels in the Hippocampus of Male and Female Rats.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Rowlands, Abby (2010).  Effects of Isolation Rearing on the Motivational Properties of Cocaine in the Conditioned Place Preference Test.  (Mentor:  A.M. Brady)
  • Selckmann, Gordon Michael (2010).  An Investigation of the Teleost Sensory Saccular Epithelia: Cranial Nerve Arborization and Innervation of the Saccule Sensory Epithelia.  (Mentor:  J. Ramcharitar)
  • Smith, Elizabeth S. (2010).  Combining Two Models of Schizophrenia: Behavioral and Neuronal Implications.  (Mentor:  A.M. Brady)
  • VanBlargan, Laura (2010).  The Effect over Time of Gentamicin on Goldfish Auditory Hair Cell Densities.  (Mentor:  J. Ramcharitar)
2009
  • Graydon, Megan (2009).  Examining Anxiety and Depression in a Rat Model of Alzheimer's Disease. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Johnson, Kaitlyn (2009).  Hippocampal and Cognitive Changes in an Animal Model of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Oben, Marie (2009).  Continuing Exercise after Brief Cessation: The Effects on BDNF Regulation, Depression, and Anxiety. (Mentor: A. Bailey)  Winner of a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Scurci, Stephanie (2009).  Electrophysiological Study of the Role of Nitric Oxide in Long-Term Depression at the Crayfish Neuromuscular Junction.  (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Slomski, Jennifer  (2009).  Use of a Touchscreen to Assess Categorization Learning in Rats.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Songrady, Judy (2009).  Environmental Enrichment vs. Cognitive Enrichment in Aged Rats: Effects on Cognition and Hippocampal Neurogenesis.  (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Whitlow, Victoria (2009).  Effects of Neonatal Exposure to Antipsychotic Medication on Neuronal Expression of Glucocorticoid Receptor in the Rat Hippocampus and Medial and Orbital Prefrontal Cortices. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Whitt, Josh (2009).  The Effects of Prenatal Antipsychotic Exposure on Neuronal Expression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
2008
  • Blackwell, Robert (2008).  Cognitive Deficits in Beta-Catenin Knockout Mice: An Endophenotype Approach to Modeling Bipolar Disorder. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, a Geneva Boone Award, and a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Coster, Jenalee (2008).  The Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Acquisition of an Olfactory Learning Set in Long-Evans Rats with Lesions to the Nucleus Basalis Magnocellularis.  (Mentor: A. Bailey) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Edwards, Margaret (2008). The Effect of Ongoing Adenosine Antagonism at the A1 and A2a Receptor on Long-Term Memory. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Enos, Jennifer (2008). An Attempt to Block the Expression of CS-Potentiated Feeding: Antagonizing NPY Y1 Receptors with BIBP3226. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Logan, Trevor (2008).  Learning Set Acquisition in a Rodent Model of Alzheimer's Disease: The Effects of Continuous Intracerebroventricluar B-Amyloid Infusions on Learning Set Acquisition in Rodents.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Medley, Vanessa (2008). Examining Behavioral Flexibility in Long-Evans Rats Following Lesions to the Prefrontal Cortex.  (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Saul, Ron (2008). Chronic Activation of the Substantia Nigra Nociceptin/ Orphanin Receptor (NOP) Induces Motor Deficits Similar to Parkinson’s Disease: A Behavioral and Motor Assessment Following Chronic UFP-112 Administration into the SNr. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
2007
  • Ivy, David (2007). Oxidant Stress and Nicotine’s Role in Diffuse Vascular Injury. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • McGill, Jacquelyn (2007). The Effects of Diazepam on Anxiety with Repeated Testing in Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research and a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant
  • Reid, Chelsea (2007). Periadolescents on Methamphetamine: The Impact of an Escalating Dose Regimen of Methamphetamine on Non-Spatial Working Memory and Serotonin within the Hippocampus. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research 
  • Ruiz, Casimira (2007). Cognitive Deficits and Individual Differences Resulting from Behavioral Sensitization to an Escalating Dose of Methamphetamine. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research  
  • Ward, Caitlin (2007). Conditioned Place Preference and the Effect of Dopamine Antagonism on Cocaine Reward in Adolescent and Adult Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Wiest, Matthew (2007). The Effects of Acute Exercise on a Dominant-Submissive Relationship in Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
2006
  • Asmann, Suzanne (2006). A Behavioral Investigation of an Isolation-Rearing Model of Schizophrenia in Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Calhoon, Gwendolyn (2006). The Effects Of Cognitive Intervention In Adolescence On Behavioral Abnormalities In A Rat Model Of Schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
    Winner of a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Callahan, Lauren (2006).  The Effects Of Isolation Rearing In Adolescence On Behavioral Sensitization To Methamphetamine In Adulthood. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Lubben, Jade (2006).  Exercise As A Protective Mechanism Against Chronic Stress Induced Memory Impairments And Hippocampal Damage In Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • MacFarland, Megan. (2006).  Sex Differences In The Effects Of Valium On Neuronal Activation And Elevated Plus-Maze Behavior In The Rat. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
    Winner of a Myron G. Marlay Award
2005
  • Kallarackal, Angy. (2005). The Effect of Apamin, a Small Conductance Calcium-activated Potassium (SK) Channel Blocker, in a Mouse Model of Neurofibromatosis1. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Shutty, Meagan. (2005).  The Effect of Mucismol, a GABA Agonist, on the Acquisition of Learning Set in Male Long Evans Rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
    Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
2004
  • Chiappelli, Joshua. (2004). Behavioral Functions of 5-HT1A Receptors in Rat Orbitofrontal Cortex. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
    Winner of the Geneva Boone Award for Best SMP in Psychology for 2003-2004 and a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant
2003
  • Martin, Kelly. (2003). The Effects of Flumazenil on Learning Set Formation in nBM Lesioned Long Evans Rats: GABAergic Influences. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
    Co-winner of the Geneva Boone Award for Best SMP in Psychology for 2002-2003 and a Sigma Xi Grant