MSTP in PhD Training
Current advisor: Joseph D. Dougherty, PhD
Undergraduate university: Columbia University, 2018
Enrollment year: 2018
Characterizing gene regulatory elements underlying social learning in adolescent mice
In the lab of Dr. Joseph Dougherty, within the Departments of Genetics and Psychiatry, we focus on understanding the genetics and genomics of behavior in health and disease. My goal over the next years will be to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying social learning in a mouse model, with the eventual aim of understanding development resilience to early-life and adolescent social stressors. Currently, I am working on pushing the envelope on our novel Calling Card assay, which allows in vivo recording of DNA-transcription factor binding for retroactive analysis. Hopefully, our findings can be employed to better understand what drives vulnerability to diseases of social development and, even broader, how earlier-life environment is biologically embedded leading to poor later-life outcomes.
;t and, even broader, how earlier-life environment is biologically embedded leading to poor later-life outcomes.
Minakova E, Sarafinovska S, Mikati MO, Barclay KM, McCullough KB, Dougherty JD, Al-Hasani R, Maloney SE. 2021 Ontogenetic Oxycodone Exposure Affects Early Life Communicative Behaviors, Sensorimotor Reflexes, and Weight Trajectory in Mice. Front Behav Neurosci, 15():615798. PMCID: PMC7937712