2014 Science Career Panel

The 2014 Science Career Panel was live-streamed and recorded so students can watch at their convenience and teachers can present segments or the entire discussion in the classroom.

Meet our 2014 Scientist Panel:

McLean Bolton, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator; Disorders of Neural Circuit Function

Dr. McLean Bolton’s research focuses on understanding how brain circuitry is altered by genetic disorder and injury. Her lab employs electrophysiological and imaging techniques to study alterations in circuit structure and function in models of neurological and psychiatric disorders such as autism. McLean also serves as the Chair of Graduate Studies at MPFI.

Gordon Smith, Ph.D.
Postdoc; Functional Architecture and Development of Cerebral Cortex

Dr. Gordon Smith began working in Dr. David Fitzpatrick’s lab at Duke University as a postdoc in May 2010 and moved with the lab to MPFI in April 2011. His research investigates the mechanisms governing the development of direction-selective responses in the ferret visual cortex using cutting-edge optical techniques. Gordon’s current research interests include: the development and plasticity of cortical circuits; cortical map organization; and the role of experience in shaping receptive field properties.

Deborah Han
Ph.D. Student; Cellular Basis of Neural Circuit Plasticity

Deborah Han joined MPFI in July 2012 as a lab manager/technician in Dr. Hyungbae Kwon’s lab and started her Ph.D. pro- gram at 2013. Her research at MPFI involves using novel approaches to investigate cellular mechanisms of inhibitory circuit wiring in hippocampus and cortex.

Dominick Casciato
Undergraduate Student; Functional Architecture and Development of Cerebral Cortex

Dominick joined MPFI in 2012 as a Research Intern in Dr. David Fitzpatrick’s lab where his research focuses on the use of immunohistochemical and microscopy techniques to view the development and morphology of neurons in visual cortex. Dominick is enrolled in the undergraduate Biological Chemistry program at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University.

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