Introduction, updated

Submitted by Rachel E. Speer

For students or alumni who might find this information useful:

I graduated in 2005 with majors in Biology and History, and a thesis on the teaching of evolution and creationism in high schools in Arkansas.

For two years between college and grad school, I worked in a lab at NIMH in Bethesda, Maryland, mentored by Miles Herkenham '70. Here's our slightly out of date lab webpage. IĀ used seizure models in mice to look at the role of NF-kB in neuroprotection, and presented my work at the Society for Neuroscience conference in November 2007. For current students interested in neurobiology or other fields of biomedical research, I highly recommend the NIH's Post-Bac IRTA fellowship. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about it!

After NIH, I did graduate work in neuroscience at Weill Cornell, taught high school math and science, worked as a medical director for CME, and worked as a writer/marketing specialist for a life science CRO.

I've spent a lot of my free time on Sacred Harp Singing and long-distance running. As of 2015, I live with my husband and son in New Jersey. For personal updates, find me on planworld.