Hala Haddad

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Current

Description:

I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Special Honors in Music History under the Thomas Hunter Honors Program at Hunter College. My research focus is on the molecular and cellular aspects of neuroscience, specifically the mechanisms underlying sensory and motor deficits associated with neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. In the summer of 2015, I worked in the lab of Dr. Roger Colbran at Vanderbilt University to determine the specific role of endocannabinoids in striatal neuron subtypes associated with Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, I worked in the lab of Dr. Peter Serrano under the mentorship of Dr. Amber Alliger at Hunter College to determine the effects of environmental enrichment on different memory and learning behaviors as well as, brain and spine morphology in the hippocampus of rats. In the summer of 2016, I worked on a collaborative project in the labs of Dr. Kristi Wharton and Dr. Diane Lipscombe at Brown University to examine the effects of familial human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on synaptic transmission in Drosophila larvae through morphological and functional studies. I am planning on earning my Ph.D. in cellular and molecular neuroscience, and continuing research on the underlying mechanisms of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

Presentation Summary:

  • In progress
  • Haddad, H. Held, A., Lipscombe, D., & Wharton, K. (August 2016). Morphological and functional studies of synaptic transmission in Drosophila models of familial human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Poster Presentation at Brown University Summer Research Sy
  • Haddad, H. Held, A., Lipscombe, D., & Wharton, K. (July 2016). Morphological and functional studies of synaptic transmission in Drosophila models of familial human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Oral presentation at Leadership Alliance National Symposium.
  • Haddad, H., & Alliger, A. (May, 2016). Role of environment enrichment on neurogenesis in the hippocampus. Poster session at Undergraduate Research Conference, New York, New York.
  • Haddad, H., Shonesy, B., & Colbran, R. (October, 2015). Roles of endocannabinoids in specific striatal neuron subtypes in Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Poster session at Society for Neuroscience Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Haddad, H., Aubry, A., & Amber, A. (April, 2015). Environmental enrichment and its effect on dendritic spines in CA1 and CA3 of the hippocampus. Poster session at 43rd Annual Hunter Psychology Convention. New York, New York.
  • Haddad, H., Shonesy, B., & Colbran, R. (August, 2015). Roles of endocannabinoids in specific striatal neuron subtypes in Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Poster session at Vanderbilt Summer Science Symposium. Nashville, Tennessee.