Neuroscience

Student Neuroscience Research

Many Amherst Neuroscience majors perform research in laboratories at Amherst College during the academic year and during summers here and elsewhere around the country.

In addition, students may elect to complete an honors research project during their senior year. The honors research project culminates in a written thesis and a public defense. Completion of the honors thesis results in the possibility for graduating with latin honors.

Recent Honors Theses: Class of 2015

 

Peter Alsharif (Advisor: Graf)

Does Rab3 maintain the active zone composition of extended larval synapes

 

Rushell Dixon (Advisor: Turgeon)

The effects of chronic caffeine consumption in adolescent male and female rats in the forced swim test

 

Emma Hickman (Advisor: Turgeon)

The effect of chronic caffeine consumption in adolescent male and female Sprague-Dawley rats on two measures of anxiety: elevated plus maze and light/dark exploration behavior

 

Sabrina Lee (Advisor: Turgeon)

The effects of chronic caffeine consumption on open field behavior and novel object recognition task in adolescent male and female Sprague-Dawley rats

 

Sarah Martell (Advisor: Baird)

Exendin-4, a potent glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist, attenuates binge eating in a novel rat model of binge eating

 

David Miao (Advisor:  Turgeon)

ABC transporters in Drosophila intestinal stem cells

 

Alexander Ordoobadi (Advisor: Trapani)

Hair cell encoding of intensity in the Zebrafish lateral line

 

Alissa Rothman  (Advisor:  Graf)

The role of RIM domains on calcium channel accumulation at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction

 

Kyra Schapiro  (Advisor: Baird)

Exploring the electrophysiological changes of the rat prelimbic medial prefrontal cortex during learning, maintenance, and extinction of associations between tones and outcomes of opposing valence

 

Alyssa Sherwill  (Advisor:  Baird)

Disentangling the complex roles of hindbrain GABA in the control of feeding behavior