Neuroscience Graduate Program - Student Profile

Valerie Estela

Student Profile

As an undergraduate at Lehigh University, I conducted research under Dr. Murray Itzkowitz in the field of behavioral ecology. My senior project, entitled “The influence of female size on male aggression and mate preference in the convict cichlid, Amatitlania nigrofasciata” is what inspired me to pursue a career in research. After graduating from Lehigh in 2011, I went on to become a Biologist at WIL Research Laboratories in the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Department. While there, my research focused on the effects of preclinical drugs on physical and neurological development of multiple animal models.
Now, in Dr. Rebecca Burwell’s lab, I am studying learning and memory using optogenetic techniques in combination with electrophysiology in behaving rats to pursue an understanding of the interactions of the perirhinal cortex, postrhinal cortex, and the hippocampus in object-context conjunctive coding and associative learning.

Undergraduate Institution

Lehigh University

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