Alex Chen

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B.S. in Neuroscience, New York  University, 2015


Admission year: 2015

Advisor: Dr. Michael Sutton

Current project: We are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern synaptic function during homeostatic scaling using molecular, biochemical, and electrophysiological techniques.

Other interests: In collaboration with Dr. Susan Shore, I will also be investigating the role of multiple forms of synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus during tinnitus development.

Teaching experience: I took on a role as a graduate student instructor for an undergraduate laboratory course for one semester (MCDB 423). I will also be teaching a bootcamp course for incoming neuroscience graduate students alongside Dr. Michael Roberts and Dr. Omar Ahmed this summer (2017).

Honors, grants & awards: Hearing, Balance, and Chemical Senses Training Grant; NSF Fellowship Honorable Mention; Rackham Travel Grant; Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-Endure) Fellowship

Service & leadership: Volunteer and Coordinator of BrainsRule!; Volunteer for M.Y.E.L.I.N

Career Goals: My long-term career goal is to become an established scientist at an institution of higher learning.