News & Events
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.
The Lake Forest College-Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (LFC-RFUMS) Summer Scholars Program announces the 2016 class of scholars. This group of undergraduates and newly minted graduates are set for an enviable two-for-one advantage: direct mentoring access with medical school professors and an early and deep scientific research edge. More »
The number of years in a row since 2003 that Lake Forest science majors have received awards for undergraduate research at the annual Chicago Society for Neuroscience (CSfN) meeting, the Midwest’s premier brain conference. The latest success came at the 2016 conference just held at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Friday (April 8, 2016). More »
Six distinguished young alumni joined thirteen students and two faculty for the 2016 Nu Rho Psi Induction ceremony on March 17 at Lake Forest College, where all neuroscience seniors were saluted and outstanding leadership was recognized. The Induction lecture entitled “Making Spare Parts for Brain Repair”, was presented by Dr. Daniel A. Peterson, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chairman of Neuroscience and Director, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. More »
The Neuroscience Program invites the College community and the public for a lecture on April 14 titled “Depression is for real: The road less traveled”, by Dr. Eva Redei. More »
The temperature dropped 30 degrees on the drive north from Atlanta when Saul Bello Rojas ’16 and his parents first visited Lake Forest College. More »
- December 7
The third annual Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium will be held from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. More »
How the brain reacts to concussion, stress, language, machines—even common medications—will be explored during the 12th annual Brain Awareness Week at Lake Forest College, November 9-14.More »
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 Rachel Hastings ’17, a Neuroscience and English Literature major currently studying abroad in Granada, Spain. More »
Nine Lake Forest College undergraduates and four neuroscience faculty attended the 45th Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Oct 17-21 (2015). Students presented undergraduate research on Parkinson’s disease and they highlighted the success of the college’s neuroscience program in a special science education session. More »
- October 21
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 »
- June 24
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.More »
- February 21
- January 13
Watch a video of several Lake Forest faculty presentations at the annual Glassman Symposium during the 2014 Brain Awareness Week in November. More »
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.More »
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
The second annual Robert Glassman Symposium will include a special presentation by his daughter, Dr. Jill Glassman.More »
- October 31
Michael Zorniak ’07 was named medical science liaison for global giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, thanks to his undergraduate experience at Lake Forest College. More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Alumni in Neuroscience, Neuroscience Alumni:
Katrina Campbell ’14, a neuroscience minor and a biology major, is an NIH I.R.T.A Fellow at the NIH-NIAID Rocky Mountain Labs. She is planning for graduate school in the future. She conducted molecular neuroscience research at Lake Forest College and studied abroad at the University of Auckland (New Zealand).
Natalie Kukulka ’13, a neuroscience and biology major with a studio art minor, is pursuing her MD at The University of Missouri (Columbia, MO). She was a research technician scientist for two years at Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago) doing urology research. 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 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 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.
Emily 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.
Brian 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 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.
Stephanie 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.
Jennifer 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.
Michael 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.
Silvia 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 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.