Western Washington University (Neuroscience)
I am a graduate from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Biology awarded cum laude. I have over two years of active research experience in both neurobehavioral and marine biology laboratories. My work has been presented at an international research conference as well as two local conferences. As a high school student I passed the AP Biology Exam with a perfect 5 score and have received multiple performance and merit awards throughout my academic career. My personal research interests include: Physiological and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in the human central nervous system, particularly concerning the cellular patholophysiology of Huntington's chorea and Alzheimer's dementia, the neuromolecular correlates of learning and memory in relation to deficits experienced in sufferers of neurodegenerative disorders, and the pathological mechanisms of Sea Star Wasting Disease symptom development, progression, individual and mass mortality.
Outside of my academic pursuits, I am an avid amateur historian and naturalist with particular interest in 20th Century Europe, Echinoderms, and Gastropods, respectively.
I have a deep and abiding love for the biological sciences, and inspiring that love in others, particularly students which may be disenchanted with biology and its related sciences due to difficulties with course material, is something I enjoy immensely.
I have two years of teaching experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Cellular and Molecular, Organismal (Botany and Zoology), and Invertebrate Zoology courses at Western and have worked closely with undergraduate students in both classroom and laboratory settings. I also have two years of tutoring experience, tutoring undergraduate students one-on-one in Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Neuropsychology at Green River College.
I am generally available for correspondence Monday-Saturday from 9am - 9pm. I am also available weekday evenings and all day Saturday. I am a graduate from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Biology awarded cum laude. I have over two years of active research experience in both neurobehavioral and marine biology laboratories. My work has been presented at an international research conference as well as two local
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I served extensively as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Invertebrate Zoology, introductory Cellular/Molecular Biology, and introductory Organismal Biology courses at Western Washington University. At times during the Introductory Organismal courses I was given a primary teaching role, due to a focus in Botany and/or inexperience with fine dissection by either the graduate TA or instructor. I also have two academic years of experience tutoring introductory Cellular Biology, Zoology, and Botany courses at Green River College.
I minored in Biology at Western Washington University, with a particular emphasis on Invertebrate Zoology and Ecology. I also helped found the Western Washington University Biology Club, serving as the student and faculty outreach coordinator for two academic years.
I worked for two years as the primary research associate/assistant in an Asteroidean ecology laboratory at Western Washington University under Benjamin Miner, PhD, and my work with Dr. Miner was presented at the 2015 International Echinoderm Conference.
Trained as a neuroscientist, I am intimately familiar with the structure and functioning of the nervous system, as well as its impact on behavior. I have tutored undergraduate students enrolled in a neuropsychology course at Green River College and served as the class TA, with overwhelmingly positive reviews from both the instructor and students.
I served extensively as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both Invertebrate Zoology and introductory Organismal Biology courses. At times during the Introductory Organismal courses I was given a primary teaching role under the supervision of a graduate student or faculty member due to a focus in Botany by either the graduate TA or instructor. I earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in all Zoology courses I took at Green River College and Western Washington University and minored in Biology with a particular emphasis on invertebrate Zoology and Ecology. I have also worked for two years as the primary research associate/assistant in an Asteroidean ecology and zoology laboratory at Western Washington University under Benjamin Miner, PhD.