Antoinette Danku


Admission Year: 2018

Advisor: Peter F. Hitchcock, PhD

Current project: Investigating the role of Lrp1ab in the Zebrafish Retina

Other interests: Data Analysis, Genetics and Informatics, Statistical Applications for Neuroscience Data

Teaching experience: None 

Honors, grants & awards: 

  • Neuroscience Early Stage Training Grant (2018-2019)
  • Rackham Science Award (Rackham Merit Fellowship) (Fall 2018)
  • Rackham Biosciences Internship (June  2019)
  • Genentech gLINX (Genentech Leadership Intern Exchange) Intern (July 2019-August 2019)
  • Administrative Supplement (Dr. Hitchcock's R01) Fall 2019
  • SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) Associate (Summer 2019-2020)
  • CEW+ Irma M. Wyman Scholarship Recipient (Fall 2019)
  • Rackham Pre-Candidate Research Grant (Winter 2020)
  • HHMI Gilliam Fellowship Nominee (Fall 2020)

Service & leadership: FEMMES Volunteer, SACNAS Volunteer, Hope College BRAIN Week Volunteer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Career Goals: 

  • Leverage my Certificates in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to build a venture that has a lasting impact in promoting inclusion for women in scientific spaces.
  • Become a leader in the field of regenerative medicine.
  • Be a Life-long Learner proficient in the latest cutting edge science

Hobbies: Reading Mystery Novels, Playing Strategic Board Games with Fellow Graduate Students, Learning Hula Hooping during Covid-19 Crisis, Learning to Practice Yoga, Learning Programming