Adriana Caballero

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    College: Medicine Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology
    Title: Reseach Assistant Professor
    Office: 674 Phone: 69074
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    In the broad sense, our lab is interested in understanding how experiences (inputs) shape the brain’s ability to process information. Depending on the timing of the input and the area involved in the processing, these experiences can change the brain temporarily or permanently to fine tune and/or optimize its response (output). Similarly, an impairment or mistiming of inputs can have a detrimental effect on the processing ability of any given brain area, particularly in the cortex. We study the prefrontal cortex during adolescence to understand the mechanisms/inputs underlying the acquisition of adult cognitive functions, and how those mechanisms can be altered to confer a higher vulnerability to psychiatric disorders during this developmental window.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 12-15; 3 days a week in the lab

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Cell biology or Molecular Biology or Biochemistry +any Neuroscience/Neurobiology course. GPA:3.7+. Previous lab experience highly desirable. Priority will be given to students who can commit at least two academic years.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We seek students with a deep sense of curiosity who are eager to learn. Students must display problem solving abilities and good organizational skills. Prior research experience is a plus. When in the lab, the student must have the mindset of maximal learning and, as such, is expected to help and interact with other lab members to broaden his/her skills and knowledge. For full consideration, apply through the URE page and follow-up with a copy of your resume.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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