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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


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


imageNatalie 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.

imageKayla 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.

 

imageSydni 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.

 

imageMadhavi 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.

 

 

imageDaniella 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.

 

imageMenzi 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.

 

 

 

imageD’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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