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Each year, the Seminars in Neuroscience series are offered to the community that complement the Psychology Department’s CAP (Current Advances in Psychology) Colloquia series and the Biology Department’s Lecture in Life Sciences series. The neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi organizes these joint interdisciplinary seminars, while SYNAPSE works with faculty to offer outreach and education programs.

Neuroscience News

  • June 29 Image preview
    The eighth straight year of the winning ways of Lake Forest College science majors at the Midwest’s premier pharmacology meeting doubled in celebration in 2015.  Saul Bello Rojas ’16 and Rachel Granberg ’16 earned the second and third prizes, respectively, among undergraduates for their brain-based research at the 28th Annual Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics (GLC-ASPET) meeting held at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, on Friday, June 26. More »
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    This is the seventh year of the LFC-RFUMS Summer Scholars Program that has provided diverse biomedical research opportunities to more than 70 Lake Forest College students since 2009. More »
  • May 29 Image preview
    Alexandra Roman ’16, a neuroscience senior at Lake Forest College, received one of only two undergraduate grants for neuroscience research awarded by the national neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi. More »
  • April 12 Image preview
    A nationally noted addiction expert (Dr. Marina Wolf) and several alumni will be the highlight of the 14th NeuroFrontiers Workshop on April 25 at Lake Forest College. This workshop celebrates the capstone research projects of five biology and neuroscience courses and the induction of new members of the college’s chapter of Nu Rho Psi (the national neuroscience honorary). Seven biology and pschology alumni Dr. Thomas Carr ’70, Ph.D., Dr. Nijee Sharma Luthra 04, M.D./Ph.D., Dr. Isaac Holmes ’05, M.D., Dr. Arun Paul ’05, M.D./Ph.D., Dr. Katrina Brandis ’07, Ph.D., Dr. Michael White ’07, M.D., and Jaime Perez Pineda ’10 will be honored.
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  • March 21 Image preview
    Lake Forest College neuroscience and biology students prove that thirteen is not only a lucky number, but doubly so.  Our students have once again, for the thirteenth year in a row, won prizes for outstanding undergraduate research at the prestigious 2015 Chicago Society for Neuroscience (CSfN) conference, which was held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on March 20. More »
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    Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Fatima Hooda ’16, a Neuroscience major currently studying abroad in Amman, Jordan as part of the SIT Jordan: Modernization and Social Change program. More »
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    Working as a research assistant at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Saul Bello Rojas ’16 wrote a case study that will be presented to a group of international experts in April.

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  • February 21 Image preview

    Eukaryon celebrated the inauguration of their eleventh volume on Tuesday, March 3 in Calvin Durand Lounge. The journal’s 2014–2015 theme is “Investing in our Future.”

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  • January 13 Image preview

    D’Anne Duncan ’04 has a knack for mentoring others. It’s a skill she discovered while majoring in biology at Lake Forest College.

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  • January 6 Image preview
    Watch a video of several Lake Forest faculty presentations at the annual Glassman Symposium during the 2014 Brain Awareness Week in November. More »
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    Just 10 years after graduating from Lake Forest, Dr. Nijee Sharma Luthra ’04 will begin a fellowship at one of the top neurology departments in the world.

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  • November 17 Image preview
    Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Charles Alvarado ’16, a dual major in biology and neuroscience, currently studying abroad at Lake Forest College in New Zealand. More »
  • November 6 Image preview
    An article by Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology David Rademacher was published in the European Journal of Neuroscience with help from a Lake Forest College student. More »
  • October 31 Image preview

    The second annual Robert Glassman Symposium will include a special presentation by his daughter, Dr. Jill Glassman.

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  • October 31 Image preview

    The brain’s effect on emotions, gambling, religion—even sex—will be explored during the 11th annual Brain Awareness Week on campus this week.

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  • October 29 Image preview
    Michael Zorniak ’07 was named medical science liaison for global giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, thanks to his undergraduate experience at Lake Forest College. More »
  • October 2 Image preview
    Research conducted by students Robin Graber ’12, Madhavi Senagolage ’12, and Elizabeth Ross ’11, and overseen by Professor of Biology Anne Houde, was recently featured in the international science magazine, New Scientist. More »
  • August 26 Image preview
    Lake Forest College is proud to announce the line up for the 10th annual Current Advances in Psychology (CAP) Colloquia Series. In celebration of the interdisciplinary nature of psychology, a trio of talks has been planned for this fall and another in the spring. More »
  • July 25 Image preview
    Daryn Cass ’10 is credited as the first author in the article, “CB1 cannabinoid receptor stimulation during adolescence impairs the maturation of GABA function in the adult rat prefrontal cortex,” published in May by the scientific research journal Molecular Psychiatry. More »
  • July 15 Image preview
    Richter Scholars James Haney ’17 and Lauren Lyon ’17 have spent their 10-week research experience helping Associate Professor of Biology Alex Shingleton determine how juvenile hormone (JH) might influence development in Drosophila melanogaster, or fruit flies. More »
  • June 30 Image preview
    The national Nu Rho Psi newsletter recognized that Lake Forest College won the 2013 “Chapter of the Year” award for their outstanding program. Alumni Emily Hankosky ’09 and Michael Zorniak ’07 received the award at the national meeting in San Diego, California. More »
  • June 14 Image preview
    The Lake Forest College record at the Midwest’s premier pharmacology meeting continued unblemished for the seventh straight year. Charles Alvarado ’16 earned the first prize among undergraduates for his Parkinson’s disease research at the 27th Annual Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics (GLC-ASPET) meeting held at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) on Friday, June 13. More »
  • May 15 Image preview
    Popular theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, will deliver the annual Oppenheimer lecture to start off Homecoming Weekend on September 18. Online registration has reached capacity. Please register online for the wait list and you’ll be notified if seating becomes available. More »
  • May 13 Image preview
    The 2014 scholar list comprises seven rising seniors, six juniors, and three sophomores. Eight scholars are planning majors in biology, seven in neuroscience, and one is undeclared. Six are returning for their second summer/year. Four seniors are planning senior theses.
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  • May 8 Image preview
    Ashley Reich ’13 is listed as the second author on a paper discussing the research she conducted on the protein Drosha at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). More »
  • May 6 Image preview
    Nu Rho Psi and Synapse with help from student leaders Victoria Egedus ’14 and Sarah Chiren ’17 hosted 25-30 elementary students from North Chicago to teach them about the brain. More »
  • April 18 Image preview
    The Lake Forest College chapter of the national neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi presents the 2014 Evolution, Brain, and Disease Symposium on April 26 (Saturday) from 12:30-5:15 pm at the Johnson Science Center. This public scientific meeting highlights the capstone student research projects from four biology and neuroscience spring courses, features a seminar on memory, and honors alumni, faculty and students inducted as new member into the honorary. More »
  • April 8 Image preview
    This is the 12th year in a row that a Lake Forest College student has won a research prize at the Chicago Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Undergraduate Poster Competition. More »
  • April 2 Image preview
    Only a couple of thousand doctors in the world practice sport psychology. Even then, only a few dozen of them are doing it at an elite level, and Adam O’Neil ’05 is well on his way to becoming one of them. More »


Psychology Professor Matt Kelley’s research shows enhanced memory for censored lyrics

Biology professor Anne Houde receives $200,000 research grant

College joins prestigious group of Parkinson’s research grant recipients

Graduates get neuroscience research published

Alumni in Neuroscience, Neuroscience Alumni:

Selected Profiles


Natalie Kukulka ’13, a neuroscience and biology major with a studio art minor, is a research technician scientist at Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago) doing urology research. She is currently applying for medical school. She conducted molecular neuroscience research with two different professors at Lake Forest College and studied abroad at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where she did structural biology and behavioral neuroscience research.

Kayla Ahlstrand ’12, a neuroscience and biology major, is pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Wisconsin Madison. Previously, she was employed as a full-time veterinarian technician at the Greenbay Animal Hospital.  She conducted both cognitive and molecular neuroscience reseach with two different professors at Lake Forest College.

 

Sydni Cole ’12, a neuroscience major with a minor in chemistry, is pursuing an MD/PhD dual degree at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Previously, she was employed as a full-time research technician in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.  She conducted her senior thesis in cognitive neuroscience at Lake Forest College.

 

Madhavi Senagolage ’12, a biology major with minors in neuroscience and chemistry, is pursuing a PhD in the Integrated Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University.  Madhavi completed her senior thesis in Parkinson’s Disease biology at Lake Forest College.

 

 

Daniella Brutman ’12, a biology and neuroscience double major, is pursuing an MD at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Previously she worked as a Pathologist Associate and applying for medical school this year.  Daniella completed her senior thesis in Alzheimer’s Disease biology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

 

Menzi Mhlanga ’11
, a neuroscience and psychology double major, is working as a Clinical Trial Assistant in a Chicago-area pharmaceutical company, ICON Research. Menzi completed his senior thesis in behavioral neuroscience at the college. He plans to head for graduate studies in the future.

 

 

derek atchleyJPGDerek Atchley ’10, psychology major and neuroscience minor, initially worked as a neuroscience research technician at Wayne State University. He is now pursuing his PhD in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience there.  Derek completed an undergraduate senior thesis in emotional stress disorders at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.

 

Daryn CassDaryn Cass ’10, a biology major, is pursuing her MD at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Previously, she worked as a neuroscience research associate in the department of cell and molecular pharmacology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Daryn completed an undergraduate senior thesis in addiction research at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.

 

 

undefinedEmily Venheim ’09, a psychology major, is pursuing a PhD in biological psychology at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Emily completed an undergraduate senior thesis in emotional stress disorders at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2008-09.

 

 

 

undefinedBrian Kinsman ’09, biology and psychology major, was a research technician at the University of Chicago. He is now pursuing MD/PhD studies at Penn State University since fall 2012. Brian conducted undergraduate research in developmental biology and in learning and memory while at Lake Forest College.

 

 

 

 

lokesh kukrejaLokesh Kukreja ’08, biology major, received his PhD in biology at Northwestern University, where he studied the cell and molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease.  Lokesh completed his senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at Lake Forest College.

 

 

 

undefinedStephanie Valtierra ’08, biology major, is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience.  Stephanie completed her senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at lake Forest College. She was also a post-baccalaureate fellow in the BMBCB department at Northwestern University in 2008-09 and a research technician at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2009-10.

 

undefinedJennifer Riddle ’07, a biology and psychology major, is a Senior Research Associate with Eli Lilly Company. Previously, she worked with Covance Inc (a contract research company).  She was also a research lab manager in the department of pharmacology at Rush Medical College.  While an undergraduate, she did summer research at in the molecular basis of addition at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.

 

undefinedMichael Zorniak ’07, a biology major, is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Scripps Research Institute. Previously, he pursued a PhD in neuroscience at University of Wisconsin Madison. While at Lake Forest, he did his senior thesis research in Parkinson’s disease and also did summer research as a drug discovery fellow at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

 

undefinedSilvia Skripkauskas ’04, a biology and psychology graduate, is currently Clinical Data Manager in the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in 2007.

 

 

 

nijee sharmaNijee Sharma ’04, a biology major, completed her PhD in neuroscience at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 2009 and her MD in 2011. She is currently pursuing her neurology residency at University of California-Davis.  While at Lake Forest, she conducted Parkinson’s disease research for her senior thesis.

 

 

 

D’Anne Duncan ’04, a biology major, received her PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University in 2011. She is currently pursuing her postdoc at Vanderbilt University. She received an NIH NRSA graduate research fellowship in 2007. While at Lake Forest, she did two summers of research at the University of Chicago and did research in neurogenesis at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.

 

Michele McNeeley-Beekman ’03, a biology and psychology major, is Assisant professor of Pediatrics at Childrens Hospital of Illinois -Peoria. She was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Rush Presbyterian Hospital.  She did her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

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