B.S. Brown University (2019)
1st Year MSTP
I am interested in understanding the molecular andcircuit level mechanisms underlying complex behaviors, such as motivation, learning, memory, and addiction, to discover new ways to improve health outcomes. My most recent experience focused on using pharmacology, optogenetics, and fiber photometry to elucidate mechanisms of learning in the basolateralamygdala of mice. Other previous research experiences have focused on neurodegenerative diseases at the molecular level, from both a biophysics and biomolecular perspective.
Vargas KJ*, Colosi PL*, Girardi E* (*co-first authors),Chandra SS. a-Synuclein facilitatesclathrin assembly in synaptic vesicle endocytosis.bioRxiv 2020.04.29.069344; doi:https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.29.069344
Crouse RB, Kim K, Batchelor HM, Girardi E, KamaletdinovaR, Chan J, Rajebhosale P,Pittenger ST, Role LW, Talmage DA, Jing M, Li Y, GaoX-B, Mineur YS, Picciotto MR.Acetylcholine is released in the basolateral amygdalain response to predictors ofreward and enhances the learning of cue-reward contingency.eLife 2020;9:e57335http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.57335