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 Here's our slightly out of date lab webpage. I 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!

I'm now a grad student in Neuroscience at Weill Cornell, where I did my first lab rotation with Stewart Anderson '84.

My hobbies are Sacred Harp Singing and Contradancing. For personal updates, contact information, and links to my photos and travel calendar, check my plan.