Student's experiences in Neurociense

Kelly Kadlec
Kelly Kadlec

Kelly Kadlec

I am a senior working towards a dual degree in electrical engineering and neuroscience. For the past two years, I have been assisting in research in neuroeconomics at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) in Dr. Brooks King-Casas and Dr. Pearl Chui’s lab. Neuroeconomics combines psychology and economics with different types of brain imaging to identify the neural correlates of certain behaviors. This past summer, I worked in Dr. John Gabrieli’s lab at MIT doing research in ADHD in adults, and looking for neural biomarkers of risk factors for mood disorders. This fall I am working in Dr. Xiaoting Jia’s lab researching the development of multi-material multifunctional fibers that can be used to directly stimulate and record specific neurons. I am also continuing my research at VTCRI. After graduating, I plan on attending graduate school and obtaining a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and I hope to work in the research and development of biomechanical aids, specifically those that interface the human nervous system.

Folake Adeshina

Folake Adeshina
Folake Adeshina

Folake Adeshina  

I am a junior from Gainesville, Virginia, and entered the university as an engineer studying to eventually become a chemical engineer. However, after taking my first biology course my sophomore year I quickly changed directions and began to search for a major that I would actually be passionate about. I feel as though I am fortunate to have found that in Neuroscience. Now a year later, I am a Neuroscience major as well as minoring in Chemistry. I am an active member of the Neuroscience club, a co-captain of my intramural team, and also involved in BSA in addition to ASA. Before I graduate and pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration and receive an M.D. at medical school, I hope to have experienced some degree of undergraduate research, completed more volunteer work, and participated in shadowing in local hospitals around Virginia Tech. I ultimately look forward to participating in projects and outreach programs that will help the Neuroscience major grow even more here at Virginia Tech.

 

Sarah Sam

Senior double majoring in Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, Virginia Tech.

I am a Senior from Ashburn, Virginia, double majoring in Biological Sciences and Neuroscience. I am an IMSD scholar, Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador, and President/Co-Founder of the Neuroscience Club at Virginia Tech. I am an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Murali's Computational Systems Biology Lab and have conducted undergraduate research projects at Michigan State University with Jason Gallant and the California Institute of Technology with Markus Meister in the last two summers. Before I graduate and attend graduate school to get my Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I will be working with the club to bring Neuroscience to the NRV community.

 

Mike Mykins

I am a Junior PSI scholar from Virginia Beach, VA, majoring in Neuroscience. Originally, I came to Virginia Tech majoring in Physics, however, I soon realized that my passion and gift lied in Neuroscience. I now work in the Dr. Gregorio Valdez's Lab at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia. In Dr. Valdez’s lab, I work as Co-Investigator on experiments that investigates the stability of cholinergic synapses within the development of ALS. Along with that, I serve as the Web officer for the Neuroscience club, and work at the School of Neuroscience as a receptionist. In the future I would like to go to either Medical School to become a neurosurgeon or Graduate School to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. However, I am not quite sure which career I would prefer. I will begin to foreshadow a neurosurgeon in residency at Carilion in Roanoke in order to assist in making this decision. Currently, I am working on an initiative to get the first Chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honors Fraternity in Neuroscience, approved at Virginia Tech. Hopefully this is something I can complete and build a foundation for before I graduate.

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Sam

Sarah Sam
Sara Sam