Alex Chen

School: 
New York University
Graduation Status: 
Graduated

Description:

I am PhD student at Michigan University. Graduated from New York University, College of Arts and Sciences with a neural science major and I am currently in Dr. Thomas J. Carew’s lab. In the Carew lab, I worked to identify underlying molecular mechanisms involved with long term memory in the model system, Aplysia californica, using quantitative methods, behavioral studies, and molecular techniques. I have attended a summer program at University of Michigan this summer where I worked in Dr. Shawn Xu’s lab under the mentorship of Dr. Zhaoyu Li. In the Xu lab, I was aI am enrolled in New York University, College of Arts and Sciences as a senior with a neural science major.  I am currently working in Dr. Thomas J. Carew’s lab where we work on identifying underlying molecular mechanisms involved with long term memory in the model system, Aplysia californica, using quantitative methods, behavioral studies, and molecular techniques.  Last summer I participated in a summer program situated in University of Michigan.  There I worked in Dr. Shawn Xu’s lab under the mentorship of Dr. Zhaoyu Li, where my project was focused on exploring important molecules involved in the acute cold detection within Caenorhabditis elegans.  This summer, I worked in Dr. Karla Kaun’s lab at Brown University where I designed an optogenetics setup using a newly characterized channelrhodopsin, Chrimson, for behavioral analysis within Drosophila melanogaster.  This summer 2015, I will enter graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in a neuroscience program to further understand the central nervous system. Able to learn a lot of behavioral analysis techniques using the Caenorhabditis elegans. I hope further understand the brain.

Presentation Summary:

  • Chen, Alex. Identification of neural mechanisms underlying cold detection in C. elegans. Poster presented at University of Michigan. (August, 2013).
  • Chen, Alex. Identification of neural mechanisms underlying cold detection in C. elegans. Diversity Fellows Poster Session at Society for Neuroscience. (November 2013).
  • Chen, Alex. The effects of activating dopaminergic neurons on alcohol-induced behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster. Poster presented at Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS). (August 2014).
  • Chen, Alex. Optogenetically activating dopaminergic neurons and its effects on alcohol-induced behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster. Poster presented at Brown University, The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). (August 2014).