Cell and Molecular Biology
Recipient of the 2012 Thermo Fisher Scientific Pierce Scholarship.
Taylor Krebs - Biology with a specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Danielle Doctor - Biology Major
Recipient of the 2014 Mary Erskine Udnergraduate Research Award.
Project Title: Using Optogenetics to Inhibit Accessory Olfactory System Responses to Female Pheromones in Male Mice
Mentor: Michael Baum, Biology Department
Danielle Doctor is a senior and has been working in Dr. Michael Baum's laboratory since her sophomore year. Danielle's research has been funded by BU's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for two summers and was the recipient of the Mary Erskine Undergraduate Research Award for Summer 2014. She works closely with graduate student Tenzin Kunkhyen in investigating the neural circuitry of social odors involved in sexual behavior and mate recognition in mice. She is using optogenetic methods to target and activate certain regions of the brain during odor investigation and sexual behavior to modulate or enhance their responses to the stimuli.
In this video, the mouse is tethered to a fiber optic cannulae and allowed to freely move. When the male mouse investigates the opposite sex female urine, the laser turns on which activates the mitral cells in the brain area of interest, the accessory olfactory bulb.
Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Sonia Perez Arias - Biology Major