Desiree Gordian

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Graduated

Description:

In the Fall of 2017, I begin a Ph.D. position in the field of Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. I gradated from Hunter College with a bachelor degree in psychology with a minor in biology. My ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD in behavioral neuroscience. During my undergraduate research career, I conducted research at Dr. Nesha S. Burghardt’s lab at Hunter College. Our research examines the neural mechanism of addiction in adolescent female mice, and sex differences in drug use and response in a rodent model. Over the course of this summer, I had the opportunity to work at Dr. Carissa Cascio’s lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where we investigated alterations to tactile processing in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. We examined the relationship between behavior and somatosensory cortical activity. In the summer of 2015, I worked at Dr. Kent C. Berridge’s lab at the University of Michigan. Our research investigated regions of the brain called “hedonic hotspots” that are responsible for amplifying the hedonic impact of taste stimuli. By using optogenetics, we investigated whether direct stimulation or inhibition of neurons in the insular cortex hotspot mediate hedonic effects. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lara M. Beaty at LaGuardia Community College, I worked on an ongoing study that examines type and strength of college purpose- defined by what students expect from their two-year institution and reasoning behind enrolling in college - and how this was influenced by various environmental factors, some of which were family influence, community, employment and extracurricular involvement.

Presentation Summary:

  • Gordian, D., Bryant, L.K., Cascio, C. (2016). Tactile processing in typically developing adults and links to autism traits. Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Diversity Fellows Poster Session. San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Gordian, D., Bryant, L.K., Cascio, C. (2016). Tactile processing in typically developing adults and links to autism traits. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA.
  • Gordian, D., Toussaint, A., Langa, R., Uribe-Cano, S. and Burghardt, N. (2016). Behavioral differences in methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference between C57Bl/6 and 129/SvEv adolescent female mice. Undergraduate Research Conference. Hunter C
  • Gordian, D., Castro, D.C., Berridge, K.C. (2015). Optogenetics modulation of insular cortex hotspot. Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Diversity Fellows Poster Session. Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Gordian, Desiree, Castro, Daniel C., Berridge, Kent C., (2015) “Optogenetics modulation of insular cortex hotspot”. Poster presented at the University of Michigan (August, 2015).
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