Middlebury Student Theses and Independent Projects

*Indicates student completed a thesis.
Student’s post-graduation status is indicated if known.

  1. Dani Xu (Neuroscience 2021), Impact of testosterone on stages of neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of adult male rats.
  2. Anthony Bongiorno* (Biology 2021), Effects of sex hormones on late-stage adult neurogenesis in male rats. Master’s program in anatomy, Case Western Reserve University.
  3. Jessica Guo* (Neuroscience 2021), Testing whether testosterone enhances place learning in male rats through an androgen- or estrogen-dependent pathway.
  4. Mateo Amezcua* (Neuroscience 2020), Investigating the potential neuroprotective effects of an ependymin mimetic in a 6-month-old transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Research Assistant, Kawasaki disease, Dr. Mark Gorelik, Columbia University.
  5. Tatum Braun (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2020), The effects of testosterone on late stages of neurogenesis. Research Assistant, leukemia, Dr. Hojun Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  6. Emily Han (Biology 2020), Effect of home range size of hippocampal neurogenesis in wild-caught voles. Veterinary School, Washington State University.
  7. Rachel Hemond (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2020), Effects of testosterone on spatial memory in adult female rats. Research Assistant, COVID-19 clinical trials, Beth-Israel Hospital, Boston.
  8. Julia Keith (Neuroscience 2020), Testing the potential memory restorative effects of ependymin mimetics in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Post-baccalaureate Program, Boston College.
  9. Isabella Martus* (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2020), The effect of a neurotrophic factor mimetic on apoptosis and amyloid beta in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Medical School, Oxford University, London.
  10. April Qian (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2020). Effect of estradiol on stages of hippocampal neurogenesis in adult male rats.
  11. Daryl Morrison* (Biology 2019), A neurotrophic factor mimetic enhances spatial memory in an aged transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Lab Technician, kidney molecular physiology, Dr. Aylin Rodan, University of Utah.
  12. Rajan Ramdev (Neuroscience 2019), Effect of testosterone dose on place learning in adult male rats. Laboratory Technician, University of Miami.
  13. Maleka Stewart (Biochemistry 2019), The relationship between dentate gyrus size and home range size in wild meadow voles using the apoptotic marker Caspase- 3.
  14. Kevin Zhang* (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2019), Dose-dependent effects of testosterone on spatial learning strategies and BDNF levels in male rats. Research Assistant, circadian rhythms, Dr. John Lipton, Boston Children’s Hospital.
  15. Nick Tuta (Neuroscience, 2018), Effect of intrahippocampal testosterone on place learning in adult male rats.
  16. Scott Waller (Biology/Environmental Studies 2018), Reading between the lines: revisiting the cementum annuli in grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) premolars for reproductive histories.
  17. Christina Chyr (Biology, 2017), Effects of age and testosterone on adult male rats’ spatial memory and BDNF levels.
  18. Emily Goins* (Neuroscience, 2017), Dose-dependent effects of testosterone replacement on spatial memory and BDNF levels in aged male rats. Medical School, Duke University, Raleigh, NC.
  19. Eliza Jaeger* (Neuroscience, 2017), Effects of testosterone dose on spatial memory and brain protein expression in aged male rats. Research assistant, Neurogentics lab, Dr. Richard Axel, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  20. Erin Miller* (Neuroscience, 2017), Effect of testosterone and age on spatial memory and BDNF levels in male rats. Medical School, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  21. Mark Sinks (Biology 2017), Relationships between homre range size, hippcampal cell proliferation, and testosterone in wild meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus).
  22. Emily Vicks (Neuroscience, 2017), The effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on spatial memory in aged rats.
  23. Olivia Artaiz (Neuroscience, 2016), Restorative effects of an ependymin mimetic, BTX-1039, on the learning and spatial memory deficits in transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Intern at Valley Shepherd Creamery, Long Valley, NJ.
  24. Valerie Braddick (Neuroscience, 2016), Dose-dependent effects of testosterone on spatial memory in adult male rats. Clinical Research Coordinator in the OCD & Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA.
  25. Eliza Ferrari (Neuroscience, 2016), Effects of an ependymin mimetic on learning and memory on a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Research assistant in neurobiology lab, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA.
  26. John Lower (Neuroscience, 2016), Effect of testosterone on spatial memory in aged male rats. Intern at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), Spain.
  27. Leslie Panella (Neuroscience, 2016), The effects of estradiol on stages of hippocampal neurogenesis.
  28. Julia Rossen (Neuroscience, 2016), The effects of estradiol on spatial memory in aged rats.  Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
  29. Lauren Honican* (Neuroscience, 2015), Potential memory restorative effects of an ependymin mimetic in an aged, transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Head of food services at Cornwall Elementary School, Cornwall, VT.
  30. Charlotte Michaelcheck (Neuroscience 2015), Effects of estradiol on stages of neurogenesis in adult male rats. Post-baccalaureate pre-medical program, New York University, New York, NY.
  31. Ethan Roy* (Neuroscience, 2015), Effects of dihydrotestosterone on stages of adult neurogenesis in male rats. Fulbright Scholar, teaching English in Spain.
  32. Chloe Super* (Neuroscience, 2015), Effect of testosterone and age on spatial memory and BDNF in male rats. Medical School, Medical College of Georgia.
  33. Alex Casler (Neuroscience, 2014), Assessing memory restorative effects of an ependymin memetic in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Research assistant in neurobiology lab, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA.
  34. Melissa Childs (Neuroscience, 2014), The effects of sexual interactions on hippocampal cell proliferation in adult male Sprague-Dawley and Long-Evans rats. Research assistant, New York University, New York, NY.
  35. Joanna Gerogakas (Neuroscience 2014, Increased cell proliferation and cell death specific to the GCL+SGZ in wild non-breeding meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus). Research assistant, Schizophrenia research lab, McLean Hospital, Boston, MA.
  36. Jenna Meyer (Neuroscience, 2014), Memory restorative effects of ependymin mimetics in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.
  37. Tiffany Ting (Neuroscience, 2014), Effects of testosterone on transitioning spatial memory. Medical assistant, Gastroenterology lab, San Francisco, CA.
  38. Chris Batson* (Neuroscience, 2013), Effects of testosterone and luteinizing hormone on spatial memory in male rats. Working for Iora Health, Cambridge, MA.
  39. Ben Wagner* (Neuroscience, 2013), Effects of testosterone dose on spatial memory in male rats. Medical School, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  40. Amanda Reis* (Neuroscience, 2013), Effects of familiar vs. unfamiliar social interactions on neurogenesis in adult male rats. Medical School, Washington University.
  41. Kelsey Calhoun (Neuroscience, 2012), The effects of testosterone on stages of neurogenesis in adult male rats. S. in Science Writing, John Hopkin’s University; Free-lance science writer.
  42. Kevin Grafmiller* (Neuroscience, 2012), Effects of sexual interactions on neurogenesis in adult male rats: cell proliferation and survival. Research assistant in neurosurgery lab, Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, MI.
  43. John Maher (Neuroscience, 2012), The effects of testosterone on perseverance in male rats.
  44. Zach Schneider-Lynch (Neuroscience, 2012), The effects of testosterone on stages of neurogenesis in adult male rats. Biology teacher at private high school in Boston, MA.
  45. Shannon Engelman (Biology, 2011), Effects of sexual experience on neurogenesis during three phases of neuronal development. S. in Environmental Health, Minnesota School of Public Health.
  46. Tyler Prince* (Neuroscience, 2011), Effects of prolactin on neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of adult male rats. Paramedics School, Denver University.
  47. Leanne Shulman* (Neuroscience, 2011), Effects of sexual experience on spatial memory and behavioral flexibility in adult male rats. S. in Statistics, University of Vermont.
  48. Julia Stern* (Biology, 2011), Effects of social interactions with familiar and unfamiliar females on the survival of newly proliferated cells in the dentate gyrus of adult male rats. Research assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Center for Addiction Medicine.
  49. JaeHee Yoon (Neuroscience, 2011), Prolactin, sexual experience, and adult neurogenesis in male rats. Research assistant in neurobiology lab, University of California, L.A.
  50. Meagan Coneeny (Biology, 2010), Activational effects of chronic testosterone exposure on spatial working memory of male rats in the water maze. Veterinary School, University of Pennsylvania.
  51. Molly Curtis* (Neuroscience, 2010), Effect of sexual interactions with novel or repeated partners on the survival of newly proliferated cells in the dentate gyrus of adult male rats. High school science teacher, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA.
  52. Elliott Fox* (Biology, 2010), The effects of testosterone on place vs. response learning strategies in adult male rats. Pre-health program, University of Pennsylvania.
  53. Gregory Larsen* (Biology 2010), The effects of testosterone on strategy selection in a spatial learning task among adult male rats. Research assistant, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska.
  54. William Inglis (Neuroscience, 2009), The effects of testosterone and social isolation on hippocampal neurogenesis in adult male rats. Tuck Business Bridge Program, Dartmouth University.
  55. Kelly Nichols (Neuroscience, 2009), Effects of social isolation on spatial memory and neurogenesis. Medical School, Tulane University.
  56. Graeme Rosenberg (Neuroscience, 2009), The effect of social isolation on neurogenesis and spatial memory in the adult rat. Medical School, Yale University.
  57. Karlye Wisdom (Biology 2009), The effects of varying levels of testosterone on spatial learning and memory in male rats. Medical School, Medical College of Wisconsin.
  58. Alyssa Panning (Biology 2008.5), Cell proliferation in the dentate gyrus of wild meadow voles. S. in International Development, University of Denver.
  59. Robert Hawkins* (Neuroscience 2008), Effects of testosterone and luteinizing hormone on adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Medical School, University of Colorado.
  60. Erin Ibler* (Neuroscience 2008), The effects of testosterone and social isolation on hippocampal cell survival in adult male rats. Medical School, St. Louis University.
  61. Benjamin Ostro (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 2008), The effects of testosterone on behavioral flexibility in adult male rats. Medical School, New Jersey Medical School.
  62. Priscilla Sinclair (Neuroscience 2007.5), The effects of prolactin on hippocampal neurogenesis. Neuroscience research assistant, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
  63. Lauren Nazarian (Biology 2007), The effect of prolactin on hippocampal neurogenesis in adult male rats. Veterinary School, University of Minnesota.
  64. Emily Daviau* (Neuroscience 2007), Testosterone enhances spatial working memory and hippocampal cell survival in castrated adult male rats. Medical School, Loyola Medical School.