Congratulations to the 2022 Mary Gordon Roberts Summer MBB Thesis Fellows!

June 13, 2022

MBB has selected its Mary Gordon Roberts Thesis Fellows for summer 2022. These undergraduates will be conducting senior thesis research this summer, and stipendiary fellowships include grants to enable this research. Support for these fellowships have been provided by Mary Gordon Roberts, the Gordon family, and the Office of the President and Provost. We congratulate our 2022 Fellows, listed below with concentration, project, and project advisor, and wish them a productive summer of research!


Mohammad Aubelem (Neuroscience), Rescuing Autistic-like Cognitive Flexibility Deficits in Mice Through Juvenile Shank3 Restoration (advisor Takao Hensch, FAS/Molecular and Cellular Biology & HMS)

Sophia Campbell (Human Evolutionary Biology), Evolution of Reward Circuitry (advisor Erin Hecht, FAS/Human Evolutionary Biology

Athena Capo-Battaglia (Neuroscience), Characterization of Behavioral and Neural Activity Changes Induced by Social Isolation (advisor Catherine Dulac, FAS/Molecular and Cellular Biology)


Selimzhan Chalyshkan (Neuroscience-Mathematics), Investigating Temporal Relationship Between Neural Activity and Learned Motor Behavior in Rats (advisor Bence Olveczky, FAS/Organismic and Evolutionary Biology)

Udochi Emeghara (Neuroscience), It only takes one: Caregivers as a moderator for adversity, neurodevelopment, and psychopathology (advisor Katie McLaughlin, FAS/Psychology)


Eloise Freitag (Neuroscience), Exploring the Impact of Genetics on Child Temperament as Mediated by Infant EEG (advisor Charles Nelson, HMS)

Katie Gao (Neuroscience), Comparative Analysis of ECT and TMS Antidepressant Mechanisms of Action (advisor Joan Camprodon, HMS)

Johnathan Herrera (Neuroscience), Mindfulness could mediate the connectivity of the aging hippocampus (advisor Sara Lazar, HMS)


Yana Lazarova-Weng (Neuroscience), The Anatomical Pathogenesis of Paroxysmal Sympathetic Hyperactivity (advisor Samuel Snider, HMS)

Eun Soo Lee (Neuroscience), Functional connectivity networks underlying psychopathology and their stability over time (advisor Charles Nelson, HMS)


Seungil Lee (Neuroscience), Understanding the mechanisms of divergent lncRNAs in ASD development (advisor Christopher Walsh, HMS)

Shaked Leibovitz (Neuroscience), Changes in The Neural Mechanisms of Fear Extinction Learning Following Mindfulness Meditation (advisor Sara Lazar, HMS)

Isabel Lopez (Neuroscience), Characterizing the behavioral consequences from AB42 overexpression in Drosophilia (advisor Caroline Palavicino-Maggio, HMS)

Keilina Monteiro do Canto (Neuroscience), Investigating Cell-Specific Molecular Factors Affecting Aversive Behavior in Bipolar Disorder (advisor Sabina Berretta, HMS)

Samuel Murdock (Neuroscience-Philosophy), The Social and the Self: Characterization of the Brain's Default Network B (advisor Randy Buckner, FAS/Psychology)

Varshini Odayar (Neuroscience-Anthropology), Developing Scalable Screenings for Brain Development and Executive Function in Infants in 3 Sites (advisor Charles Nelson, HMS)

Cole Peterson (Neuroscience), Investigating the effects of FBOXO17 and SLC7A11 on glutamatergic signaling in Glioblastomas (advisor Christian Badr, HMS)


Charles Reilly (Neuroscience), Exploring the Role of Gap Junction in the Proliferation of Glioblastoma in Larval Zebrafish (advisor Florian Engert, FAS/Molecular and Cellular Biology)

Allison Tu (Psychology), Creating a Scale for Intellectual Safetyism & Determining Relationship with Resilience (advisor Richard McNally, FAS/Psychology)

Julia Welsh (Neuroscience), Cue reactivity in participants with various levels of problematic alcohol use (advisor Laura Murray, HMS)

Peyton Williams (Human Evolutionary Biology), Tend-and-Befriend: Social Support as an Effect Modifier of Mental Well-Being During Covid-19 (advisor Anne Thorndike, HMS)





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