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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.
At the 2019 Chicago Society for Neuroscience (CSfN) Meeting, Abagayle King ’19 won the Third Prize in the undergraduate poster competition, becoming the 21st Forester in 16 years to be recognized research at this venue since undergraduates were first recognized in 2003. More »
Niam Abeysiriwardena ’20 and Samuel Gascoigne ’20 have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, annual awards for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. More »
Michelle Kielar ’19 is a double major in Neuroscience and Philosophy who is studying in the Loop Program. More »
Lauren Giurini ’20 is a Mathematics and Neuroscience major studying in Malta. More »
Niam Abeysiriwardena ’20 will advance his research on Parkinson’s disease this summer, thanks to a prestigious grant he received through the 2019 Parkinson’s Foundation-American Parkinson Disease Association Summer Student Fellowship Program. More »
Working in a lab on meaningful research turned into a career-making experience for more than 100 Foresters who have participated in the Lake Forest College-Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science summer research program since 2009. More »
One of last year’s finalists Illinois Math and Science Academy student Shouri Bochetty, on his second try, won the First Place Honors at the 2019 Chicago Brain Bee, hosted by Lake Forest College on February 9.
Tylenol recently awarded Natalie Kukulka ’13 a $10,000 scholarship for her devotion to academic excellence, exemplary leadership, and community engagement. More »
Isaac Ordonez ’19 is a Neuroscience major who has been studying at Peking University in Beijing, China More »
Art and neuroscience students collaborated on an interactive sculpture to bring awareness of glial cells—the most abundant cell type in the central nervous system—to a whole new level during the 2018 Glassman Symposium poster session.More »
Chisomo Mwale ’19 received a 2018 Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience travel grant to present her senior project research on Parkinson’s disease at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego, November 3–7. More »
Neuroscience research Michael Janeček ’18 conducted this summer in collaboration with Dr. Joanna Dabrowska of Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine (RFUSM) culminated with a published paper.More »
The grand opening of the Lillard Science Center drew more than 700 guests who toured the renovated and expanded facility and experienced science in action on October 12. More »
With the publication of their paper “Algal Bloom Expansion Increases Cyanotoxin Risk in Food” in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, rising juniors Niam Abeysiriwardena ’20 and Sam Gascoigne ’20 became published first-authors and co-authors, respectively. More »
Balaram took first place in undergraduate poster competition at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics (GLC-ASPET) held at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago on June 22, 2018.More »
Ganev recently presented his neuroscience research at a national conference in San Diego, California. More »
Bartram Scholar Ariane Balaram ’20 is Lake Forest College’s latest recipient of a national grant to further her research about possible gene interactions related to Parkinson’s disease. More »
Lake Forest College hosted its 6th annual Summer Plate Race on Monday, June 4—this time on Middle Campus Quad. More »
Lake Forest College inducted 22 new members—including current students, alumni, and faculty—into Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, at the NeuroFrontiers Conference on April 28. More »
Biology major Jeanne McDonald ’19 has been awarded a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate excellence in the sciences—a first for Lake Forest College. Neuroscience and chemistry double major Yoan Ganev ’19 received an Honorable Mention. More »
Noted Chicago area expert on stress and anxiety neuroscientist Dr. Joanna Dabrowska and several Lake Forest College alumni will be the highlight of the 16th NeuroFrontiers Workshop on April 28 at Lake Forest College. This workshop celebrates the capstone research projects of four biology and neuroscience courses and the induction of new members of the college’s chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the national neuroscience honorary. More »
At the 2018 Chicago Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences Shubhik DebBurman was awarded the Chicago Society for Neuroscience Career Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to neuroscience education. More »
At the 2018 Chicago Society for Neuroscience Meeting, neuroscience majors Sarah Applebey ’18 and Rosemary Thomas ’18 won Second and Third Prizes, respectively, in the poster competition. More »
Yoan Ganev ’19 has his summer set. The neuroscience and chemistry double major earned a $5,000 research grant from the prestigious Parkinson’s Foundation-American Parkinson Disease Association Summer Student Fellowship for a 10-week study, making him the latest Forester to earn a prestigious grant to conduct meaningful research as an undergraduate student. More »
Annika Daley ’19 is a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience who is studying in Nijmegen, Netherlands. More »
With the financial backing of a national grant, the Lake Forest College Nu Rho Psi chapter created opportunities for students on campus to relax, combat stress and anxiety, and start a conversation about mental illnesses. More »
Last weekend, students braved the winter storm to participate in the Chicago Brain Bee, hosted by Lake Forest College. The Bee provided an excellent opportunity for our undergraduates to work with local youth and gain experience in organizing educational events. More »
Sarah Applebey ’18 is a testament to using connections through the College to get an edge in her field. More »
Following her presentation at Brain Awareness Week, Assistant Professor of Theater Chloe Johnston sat down with Spectrum to discuss Aristotle, mirror neurons, and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to education. More »
In a highlight of Brain Awareness Week, playwright and author Lydia Diamond discussed how she brings neuroscience to other disciplines like theater. More »
Alumni Profiles in Neuroscience
Charles Alvarado ’16 graduated with a neuroscience and eeducation double majors. Charles completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lake Forest College in 2017 and is planning for a future career as a high science teacher. While a lake Forest student, Charles engaged in a variety of peer teaching and mentoring opportunities that cemented his passion for teaching. Junior year, he studied abroad in New Zealnd. A Richter Scholar, he conducted neuroscience reserach for three years and won the First Prize in the undergraduate research competition for presenting his research on the effects of c-terminal truncations of alpha-synuclein at the 2014 Great Lakes Chapter American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics meeting.
Maiwase Tembo ’15 (from Nairobi, KENYA) graduated with majors in neuroscience and biology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. While studying at Lake Forest College, she studied abroad in New Zealand and completed her senior thesis on Parkinson disease biology and was selected for the College’s Senior 25 for her community leadership and service. She won the First Prize in the undergraduate research competition for presenting her endocytosis regulation of alpha-synuclein at the 2013 Great Lakes Chapter American Society of Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics meeting (June 14, 2013). More recently, she has also won the Third Prize in the undergraduate research competition at the 2014 Chicago Society for Neuroscience meeting meeting (April 4, 2014).
Katrina Campbell ’14, a neuroscience minor and a biology major, is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University. After graduation, she was an NIH I.R.T.A Fellow at the NIH-NIAID Rocky Mountain Labs. She conducted Parkinson’s disease 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 the 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 research 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, received her MD degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2012. 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 currently a Clinical Trial Administrator at Pharma Consulting Group (PCG Clinical services) in Sweden. Previously, he worked as a Clinical Trial Assistant in a Chicago-area pharmaceutical company, ICON Research. Menzi completed his senior thesis in behavioral neuroscience at the college.
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, received her MD at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2012. 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, received her PhD in behavioral neuroscience at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Kentucky. 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. In 2016, he received an NIH T32 Predoctoral training fellowship.
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. He is currently Senior Scientist with Procol Link, Inc. Lokesh completed his senior thesis in the molecular biology of Parkinson’s disease at Lake Forest College.
Stephanie Valtierra ’08, biology major, received her PhD in Neuroscience at the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience in 2017 and hqs joined Lake Forest College as the Science Internship Specialist in the Career Advancement Center. 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 addiction at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science.
Michael Zorniak ’07, a biology major, is a Medical Liaison with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, before which he was a Medical Liaison with Teva Pharmaceuticals. he did his postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps Research Institute. Previously, he pursued a PhD in neuroscience at the 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 then pursued her neurology residency at the University of California-Davis and movement disorders fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco, where she is now an Assistant Professor of Neurology. 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 from Northwestern University in 2011. She icompleted her postdoc at Vanderbilt University, where she then served as the Program Director for the BEST program by NIH. She is currently the Director of Diversity and Outreach at the University of California-San Francisco. 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 an Assistant professor of Pediatrics at Children’s 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.